Front Page Drudge: Drill! McCain faces increased negative scrutiny on environmental policy

The issue: McCain supports increased drilling and relaxing of federal environmental rules.

I mentioned this story yesterday when I first saw it hit the wires and waived a massive warning flag about whether the Gore endorsement timing could effectively bury this story.

Well I was right about the toxicity of this story… and I’m glad to see that its just building…

Matt Drudge keeps the Drilling Story alive and McCain\'s got his first post-Hillary full court press

Matt Drudge single-handedly kept a radioactive campaign issue alive that should hobble the McCain campaign’s moderate gains in appearing environmentally friendly. In fairness, the Washington Post kept it alive by running it front page, but Drudge’s emphasis will likely lend it the talk show circuit critical mass that could make this a major shit storm for McCain.

Already losing badly to Obama on the environment, where voters say they trust Obama to handle Global warming and other environmental issues 55% to 28% over McCain (Washington Post-ABC Survey), this curious move looks like the campaign is willing to throw up the white flag, or at least rob Peter to Paint Paul by sacrificing environmental credibility for greater credibility on energy and the economy.

With 6% of voters now citing Gas/Oil prices/Energy as the single most important issue in their choice for president, and a whopping 33% citing Economy/Jobs, McCain may playing issue triage with his policy decisions as barely 1% of voters cite the environment as their “most important issue.”

Nevertheless, this seems like a particularly foolish strategy, as it smacks McCain immediately with the radioactive label of “friend to big oil,” not particularly the favored spot on the energy issue, even if more drilling would potentially spell lower gas prices.

Fact is, the benefits of new oil exploration wouldn’t be seen for several years, and even then, domestically produced oil would still be subject to the fickle commodities market, which is governed by more forces than the ratio of American supply and demand – particularly a lagging US dollar, increased Asian oil consumption, overall refinery capacity, the continued purchase by Bush of oil for the strategic reserve, and of course, OPEC decision making. (plus etc. etc.)

Where this news really fly worse than a lead balloon is the key battleground state of Florida, where Obama has been steadily making inroads with key demographic groups in hopes of chipping away at McCain’s lead (which right now hovers around 8%)

Remains to be seen the effect on McCain’s poll numbers now that we’ve seen his dimwitted proposal to essentially rape the environment and keep the SUVs running!

McCain Proposed an Oil Platform on Every Beach Today

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So What is It McCain? Are You A Fool or a Fraud?!? McCain proposes Osama v. Undertaker as Terrorist Policy!

Poor, poor John McCain, his Alzheimer’s is getting so bad that he seems to contradict himself on a now daily basis!  John, the White House isn’t a convalescent home!  

This one though may take the cake…

John McCain’s latest “Safe” ad start out with this lying through his teeth dignified assessment “Only a Fool or a Fraud Talks Tough or Romantically About War”  

Noble lies sentiments, but perhaps McBush forgets that he said this in his not so well thought pandering to wrestling fans on this WWE Monday Night Raw footage!   

“And whatja gunna do when John McCain and all his McCaniacs run wild on you?  You want to pull out of Iraq, well I say No Surrender! America can win the war against terror.  I’m going to introduce Osama Bin Laden to The Undertaker!”  

For those of you unaware, The Undertaker is a towering American wrestler pictures below…
The Undertaker, McCain\'s solution to world terrorism and justice for Osama Bin Laden

So which is it McCain, are you a fool or a fraud!?!? I say both!

Even scarier, today’s published results from the Washington Post-ABC News Poll conducted June 12-15, 2008 indicate that on the issue of “The U.S. Campaign Against Terrorism,” respondents trust McCain over Obama 53% to 39%!!! (I should note, this was the biggest disparity of any issue and Obama is beating McCain on 8 out of the 11 polls issues)

But I ask WTF!?! McCain is trusted more than Obama on terrorism even though he’s decided the best recipe for justice for the mastermind of 9/11 should be to put Osama in the ring against a ‘roid injected, greased up wrestler? Is he running for the President of Thunderdome or the White House???

Interestingly, McCain\'s foreign policy, energy policy, etc. is heavily influenced by the movie Thunderdome

Let’s show this video to the families of the 9/11 victims and see what they think about McCain’s proposal.

McCain’s Own Swift Boat Veteran’s for Truth, but this Time They Aren’t Lying (Video)

Great video of fellow Republican’s coming clean about McCain’s tarnished Vietnam War record.  This comes from Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain and what’s most interesting are the accounts of former Rep. Bob Dornan (R-CA).

As has often been reported, McCain did break down while a POW and spilled his guts, earning him the reported nickname “Songbird,” but since he was the Admiral’s son and came from a highly politically connected family, he was able to make much of his record go away, just like Satan George W. Bush could with his draft dodger and DUI record.

Must be nice being the spawn of wealthy political elites!  

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Britney Spears to Hillary Clinton: Stop Monopolizing My Press

While the Barack Obama campaign has been struggling to get their message heard above unending the cacophony of “how crazy will Hillary Clinton get” stories, quietly one of America’s biggest tabloid stars has seen her unending fount of press run dry no thanks to Hillary stealing her ink – Britney Spears.

Long the reigning queen of “psycho-delusional, train wreck press” stories, Spears has been pushed off the front page by her most formidable of attention seeking rivals – Hillary Clinton – and it took an effort of near Presidential proportions.  Britney’s the victim of a harsh media reality, namely that editors’ reserve only so much space for “disastrous celebrity tailspin” stories. With Clinton and the Lohan’s taking up all the recent front page real estate reserved for “crash and burn celebrity free falls,” Spears has (*gasp*) faded to the brink of oblivion.

Britney back at the Height of Her Crazy Reign, Before Hillary Clinton Stole the Title

Normally, political figures, particularly distinguished senators, avoid slinking into the role of side show circus freaks, relying on pop stars to fill the niche, but Clinton’s obliviousness to math, self-mutilation (in the form of poorly phrased quotes about RFK), frequently changing motivations about why she’s running, and complete disconnection with the existing, non-imaginary world has sent the press into feeding frenzy not seen since Spear’s was committed for similar erratic behavior back in January 2008.

Hillary officially gained the crown of top delusional celebrity train wreck, long held by Britney Spears

 

As Clinton continues to push gossip-rag-mainstays to the back pages, many other train wrecks have been left scrambling, with Lindsay Lohan going to the extreme of dating lesbian Samantha Ronson just to overcome the glut of Clinton press and maintain a tenuous grasp on the forefront of public consciousness.

Lindsay Lohan went Lesbian this week only to barely steal some of Clinton\'s lock on crazy train wreck press

Meanwhile, Spears has not been so lucky. Her mid-May trip to Costa Rica with Mel Gibson went largely unnoticed. Her new love, William Morris agent Jason Trawick, has barely gotten one-one thousandth the publicity of former flames. Finally, as of press time, news of her $10 million Las Vegas comeback show barely made the steamy London gossip pages.

Media insiders are dubbing this “The Hillary Effect.” “You just can’t out crazy Hillary Clinton at the moment,” commented one reporter. “When it comes to the train wreck beat, she’s got the monopoly on it.”

The Spears camp is resorting to a Vanity Faire shoot just to try to pry some limelight away from media whore Hillary – though Spear’s announcement of the shoot fell on mostly deaf ears.

While tabloid stars suffer from Hillary “outcrazying” them, John McCain’s campaign has aired few complaints about Clinton’s press dominance.   The were particularly thankful for the diversion as he hosted a fundraiser in Arizona alongside the politically toxic Satan George Bush.  His campaign has been similarly unbothered by Hillary’s press monopolization as he dealt with uncomfortable issues like his wife’s tax returns, release of his medical records, and his continued opposition to the Democrats expanded GI Bill, among other politically charged events the presumptive Republican nominee has conveniently side stepped during the last week thanks to Hillary.

The few sources still covering Spear report that she is thriving since handing over her “America’s top train wreck” crown over to Hillary.

(Picture:  Britney enjoying and thriving in her newfound anonymity with reported bf Jason Trawick)  

 

What Medical / Tax Records? Why McCain, Republicans Are Toasting Hillary Right Now! How She Did Her Duty for the Republican Party!

McCain Can\'t Be Happier About How Friday Went for Him, He Could Kiss Hillary Right Now

Dominating today’s news!!! Completely saturating the media! Taking up the first 20 minutes of Keith Olbermann John McCain Releases Medical Records / Cindy McCain Releases Tax Returns Hillary Clinton Apologizes for Assassination Gaffe

With Democrats like Hillary, who needs Republicans?!?!? For over a year the Republican’s were devising a way to release McCain’s medical records while minimalizing damage to the campaign.

They thought they found their answer – go for the sneak play by releasing them Memorial Day Weekend! Brilliant! (See McCain Medical Records To Be Released Friday, Will He Make It Till Then?)

Furthermore, going with “the band-aid theory” that “it doesn’t hurt if you rip it off fast,” they decided to surprise everyone with the late in the day release of another potential McCain political powder keg – those pesky Cindy McCain tax returns, which indicate the McCain’s are blue blood to the tune of $6 million dollars a year from her beer empire! (God knows what else as the returns hold as their news was eclipsed by…. well I’m getting there…)

It was the Republican equivalent of The Great Escape. Plan for months, wait till everyone isn’t looking, make a break for it, and hope to get away!

The Republicans Got Away With The Great Escape

McCain’s rapid responders were ready to work overtime to handle the impending news cycle storm. They would not be having a Memorial Day weekend this year… or would they…

For then, mana from Republican heaven!

The political equivalent of parting the pundit Red Sea!

Hillary ***Expletive’d*** It All Up!!!

McCain HQ’s rejoicing tonight!

McCain Must Be Toasting His Luck Tonight, Drinking Some of His Beer Empire

As I write, the McCain team’s probably laughing over beers, relieving a weeks worth of pent up anxiety about a giant media hurdle, now completely sidestepped. They went from facing potentially a solid week of McCain-centric health and wealth punditry, (only punctuated by Indiana Jones box office numbers) to….

Hillary wants Obama dead.

I can’t overstate the favor Hillary Clinton did for the Republican’s today.

The fact I’m dedicating a blog entry to this ****Expletive*** up rather than attacking the various McCain news of the day tells you that the real damage was the distraction. The diversion.

This is Democrats eating their own of the highest order.

And its inexorable and inexcusable.

We let them get away!

She let them get away!

Hillary, you let McCain escape what was a certain gauntlet that the Republican’s were sweating for over a year!

If you think that a discordant and uncoordinated Democratic Party isn’t a massive liability at this point, look no farther than today. This is the result! Complete mismanagement of the press by the Democrats such that two toxic topics that would undoubtedly cost McCain votes were glossed over! All the Democrats needed to do was sit and watch, and the swirling press surrogates would have done a cyclone’s worth of damage to McCain on these two topics. Instead, he gets away like the Road Runner, while our party goes barreling off the cliff

Oh, and might I add, Hillary’s own example of the 1968 Presidential Election should only be a foreboding warning to the party of the disasters that arise from a protracted campaign. That was a winnable election inevitably lost to Richard Nixon, and lost partly due to many of the elements occurring now – a fractious, protracted primary met by a disastrous Democratic convention.

Ultimately, for Hillary to compare this election to that of her husband’s shows her misunderstanding of the forces of elections circa 2008 – almost all of which favor coalescing behind a candidate early and unifying a party’s message quickly – namely: a brutal 24 hour news cycle, the emergence of partisan news networks, the rise of the partisan news anchors, the Limbaughization of talk radio, the refinement of campaign’s “rapid response” units, the increasing sophistication of marketing, the rise of the internet and its scrutiny, the escalating costs of presidential elections, and the ever increasing role of political conventions as “staged televised theater.” (etc. etc.)

Many of these factors didn’t even exist when Bill Clinton ran in 1992, and all of which make for a perilous atmosphere for any candidate facing the brunt of a political party’s attack machine without his own party’s full backing. What Obama is somehow succeeding in doing is fighting a two front war (the brunt of McCain and Hillary) with one hand tied behind his back. (Little official party backing)

Understanding elections having consulted so many, I can see no rational point to Hillary’s incredibly stupid, unbelievably boneheaded, completely insensitive, totally erroneous, entirely fallacious, mean spirited, delusional, Republican aiding, potentially election costing poorly worded statement today, just as I can see no point in her continued candidacy.

I leave you with Bush toasting Hillary on her monumental ****Expletive**** up today.

George Bush Toasting Hillary on Her Lastest Gaffee

(Two last morbid notes – purely conjecture: Does the size of Obama’s secret service detail drop out once Hillary gets elected? Secondly, by setting off this firestorm, I assume Hillary just substantially increased the noise level that the Secret Service now needs to siphon though regarding internet threats on President’s lives. Shame.)

McCain Medical Records To Be Released Friday, Will He Make It Till Then?

Medical Records on John McCain released as soon as they excise that \

Comical headline in the International Herald Tribune today. This is what humorists call verbal irony… saying one thing and meaning something other…

Here’s the first two Paragraphs…

McCain set to release health data on Friday

Senator John McCain is set to release 400 pages of medical records, including documents related to his melanoma surgery in August 2000, to a tightly controlled group of reporters on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.

McCain said late last week that he had nothing to hide. Campaign officials have nonetheless said that even if nothing in the records suggests a problem with his health, a rush of news media reports focusing on the cancer surgery was not politically helpful and that they wanted to play down the information as much as possible — something that the timing of the release would seem to accomplish.

Link available here.

Tight group of reporters? Friday before Memorial Day weekend? “Want to play down the information as much as possible???!” What part of “nothing to hide” is McCain talking about?!

Might I add that McCain has delayed the release of his medical records with one excuse or another for over a year!

If this is how he conducts the obligatory “Presidential Candidate releases his medical records,” how is he going to conduct his Presidency? This behavior is positively Karl Rovian – and more proof that straight talk is a myth, McCain’s all wonktalk.

That’s what McCain and his cronies are preying upon – cloning a page out of the Bush playbook, McCain already is displaying the typical underhanded Republican pattern of exploiting Americans disinterest.

Meanwhile, I know what I’m doing Memorial Weekend – going to poolside BBQ’s with hot models! blogging to hold McCain accountable!

But wanna know the last thing a reporter wants to be doing over memorial day weekend? Siphoning through 400 pages of doctor notes about McCain’s prostate exams and the color of his phlegm!

And you know what the average citizen American plans to be doing with their Memorial Day weekend? Ranking somewhere below cleaning the gutters and watching “Speed Racer” in the theaters is reading / watching the news.

Face it… when it comes to health, McCain’s a bloody mess!

With infirmities that have put him in a steady state of declining health for over a quarter of a century, its a wonder the man can even walk! Clearly at 72 he body is in serious decline – he’s had four different melanomas, is in need of joint replacement, and has been on military disability for longer than I’ve been alive – to say nothing of his deteriorating mind. (a complete post on McCain’s health is forthcoming)

The man is desperate to become President and will ignore his health and hiding whatever he must from the American people to get there.

McCain has had melanoma as many times as there are years in a Presidential term

Keeping You Ahead of the Curve: Is Howard Dean Reading MY Blog?

Howard Dean read Obama\'s Hatchet Man for His Talking Points

As my many loyal readers will recall, on Monday I wrote the blog entitled McCain: Dirty Money Lobbyist Whore Videos where I joked about LobbyistGate and McCain saying…

“But all this gets even more confusing when you realize that it was campaign manager Rick Davis, stake holder in lobbying firm Davis Manafort, whom McCain has cleaning his house of lobbyists! Rick took the bold stance of either resigning or severing ties with lobbying firms. Wow, bold move… but ultimately tantamount to having a wolf guarding the hen house.”

Lo and behold, I get a blast email from Howard Dean today that starts out:

“I’ve got a joke for you.

Last week, John McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, sent a memo to the McCain campaign staff about a brand new “conflicts policy”

Here’s the punch line: Rick Davis, author of the memo and the person in charge of finding these “conflicts” within the campaign, founded his own lobbying firm, and, according to the Politico, “has made at least $2.8 million lobbying Congress since 1998.”

John McCain’s commitment to keeping Washington lobbyists out of his campaign is a joke — but it’s not funny. It’s shocking.”

Don’t you forget, you heard it here first folks! But Howard Dean knows he has free license to borrow from me whenever he wants. As a former moonlighter at the DNC, I’ll supply Howard with his talking points. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to fight the scourge that is the Republicans. (hey, it beats fighting in Iraq)

But Howard… While your letter borrowed from what I wrote about days before, my Blog was far more entertaining!!

And one more thing Obama Supporters, Politicos, Patriots, …

Now that the DNC has heard the call of blogs like mine, they’ve taken the bold step of creating a petition you can fill out calling for McCain to fire Rick Davis and Charlie Black. Just follow this link.

I’m sure McCain will be sure to add this petition to his trash can suggestion box. But hey why not support Dean’s petition, every little bit counts right?

And with Rick Davis and Charlie Black slowly being marginalized into oblivion, you know who will play an even busier roll in the campaign??? That’s right, Uncle Karl himself! (See my last blog: <a href=”https://obamashatchetman.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/scary-thought-karl-rove-will-be-mccains-brain-after-it-withers-from-his-alzheimers/”>Scary Thought: Karl Rove Will Be McCain’s Brain After It Withers From His Alzheimer’s)

As they say, the devil you know is sometimes better than the devil you don’t know in Politics. Nevertheless, scandal should never be left alone! I say off with Rick Davis and Charlie Black’s heads!!!

Off with Rick Davis and Charlie Black\'s Heads!