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Kudos to John McCain

John McCain already seems intent on running a more honorable campaign against Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton has. To wit:

Republican John McCain quickly denounced the comments of a radio talk show host who while warming up a campaign crowd referred repeatedly to Barack Hussein Obama and called the Democrat a "hack, Chicago-style" politician. ...

"I apologize for it," McCain told reporters, addressing the issue before they had a chance to ask the Arizona senator about Cunningham's comments.

"I did not know about these remarks but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them," he said. "My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator (Hillary Rodham) Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign.

McCain called both Democrats "honorable Americans" and said "I want to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them."

Asked whether the use of Obama's middle name—the same as former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein—is proper, McCain said: "No, it is not. Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate."

There have been so many times during Hillary Clinton's campaign -- yesterday's shenanigans being only the latest example, Buffenbarger being another recent one -- when the honorable thing for her to do would have been to come out and quickly make a statement just like the one McCain made. But that's not how Hillary operates. She thinks it makes her a good "fighter" that she never concedes an inch -- that it would somehow be a sign of weakness to repudiate bad behavior by her surrogates and supporters. This attitude was fully on display yesterday, when her new "tough as nails" campaign manager, Maggie Williams, refused to condemn an obvious attempt (by someone) to play the Muslim Card against Obama, instead grotesquely accusing Obama of being the "divisive" one for daring to cry foul against such tactics. Hillary, with all her rhetoric about being a "fighter" who can go toe-to-toe with the "Republican attack machine," seems to think this take-no-prisoners approach is a badge of honor. In fact, it is a badge of shame. She is the very thing she detests (or claims to detest). Thankfully, it appears the American people see right through her, and that's a big part of the reason Hillary Clinton almost certainly will not be our next president.


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"Hillary...seems to think this take-no-prisoners approach is a badge of honor. In fact, it is a badge of shame. She is the very thing she detests (or claims to detest)."

Hm. / let's see now...

we Are the Shame that we Proclaim?

we Are the Junk that we Debunk?

we Am the Spam that we beDamn?

we Ply the Lie that we Decry?

I Be the Glitch that makes me... / nyaah nevermind / better stick with Ready On Day One


Here's to a new politics!

Yes but do you really think, if she conceded those things and ran the Honorable Citizen campaign 100%, that she could still possibly have any chance of winning? Women still face a tougher standard and a totally different bias than men do, in politics and in the workplace. We've all read (or should have read) those studies. Women have to have a little fight to be taken at all seriously. She has to keep a strong position to stay competitive in this race.

Kristy - what u say about gender inequity has truth.

But to cite HRC as a "victim" or example is just fatuous. I can think of no other female who has gone so far, with less, than HRC. She was in position to be president without anything approaching a substantive OR successful resume. She was in position because she was married to a president.

Compare her to a Lynne Cheney, or Secretary Rice. How about Pat Schroeder or Ann Richards? HRC is now losing because she has been exposed as an empty suit, and a disagreeable person. Obama is similarly an empty suit, but he is likeable.

BL - once again you make a dispositive case against HRC. I just don't get how you can truthfully (intellectually rigorously) make a case for her against McCain. If she cannot be trusted to behave properly, and she is believed to be megalomaniacal as you've described, how can she be invested with our collective trust? At a minimum, how can you in good conscience, pull an HRC lever ever again?

So, are you going to vote for McCain then?

Kristy, I'm sorry, but your comment is a non-sequitur. The fact that Hillary is a woman does not and cannot excuse unethical campaign practices, bogus spin, and so forth. She should be able to appear "tough" without engaging in the sort of sleaze her campaign has pulled. And if she can't, that's her own problem, not something that we should sit here and defend her over. As Ed notes, plenty of women -- and I would add Madeline Albright to the list, off the top of my head -- have managed to be politically credible without pulling the sort of crap Hillary has in this campaign.

Ed and JO, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm undecided about the general election. I lean toward Obama against McCain, I lean toward McCain against Hillary. I'm not going to sit here and give you some kind of definitive answer now. I really, really do not like Hillary, her tactics, her ethics, etc. But there are a whole bunch of issues that I'd be voting on in November, and I'm just not prepared to make that decision yet.

BTW, Ed, I've never "pulled the lever" for Hillary before (or for anyone named Clinton), so whether I'll do so "again" isn't really the right question.

By the way, Kristy, the answer to your question is: Yes.

Hillary started this campaign as the front-runner. She lost that status in part because of Obama-mania, but also in significant part because people got disgusted with her campaign's divisive tactics in South Carolina and elsewhere, which led to a snowball effect. Clinton Fatigue set in big-time. If she had "she conceded those things and ran the Honorable Citizen campaign 100%," that wouldn't have happened, and she absolutely would have had an excellent chance of winning.


As someone who has worked in the workplace with women for 20 years, I have found that the ones who take the Tina Fey track - that bitches get things done - ultimately fail in the workplace because no one has their back and no one considers them a teammate. Additionally, many women use the "bitchiness" to try to compensate for inadequacies or incompetence.

I don't believe women face the standard they did 20 years ago. I have worked with plenty of very successful women who have been calm, measured team players who know how to work with others to accomplish things. At the same time, I have worked with men who have been total assholes who have crashed and burned for their equivalent of "bitchiness."

My belief is that if Hillary ends up blaming her gender on her loss, it will be the greatest disservice she could do for women in this country.

Huzzah for Mad Max!!! There is no need to be a bitch to get things done!!!

Brendan, I have a question with respect to Senator Obama.

I literally only a few minutes ago watched this video clip. Obama's comments in that clip are, to me, mind-boggling.

Your comments are invited... :)

If they ever get to the bottom of the barrel, this post might make it to the dictionary next to "gullible". Just as long as someone runs a "clean" campaign things like this or don't matter.

we will see if this whole clean campaign continues.

Here's the thing about the Muslim Card. To us in a Western-style free society, where everyone has freedom of conscience, Barack H. Obama, Jr. is a member of a Christian church. Case closed. That his Muslim stepfather put him in a school that might be described as "Muslim" when they lived in Indonesia is irrelevant to us, as that occurred before he had much say in the matter.

But to people in Dar al-Islam, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was a Muslim, and that makes Junior a Muslim. His conversion to Christianity simply makes him an apostate Muslim.

And that is going to cause a lot of trouble for him.

I know a someone who has worked with (not for) the Whitehouse enough to have met everyone from GHWB, to GWB (with the Clintons between)

He basically says that Hillary is a NASTY person (I won't say Bitch - you can have nasty people who are male or female). He says that she has and shows NO respect for "underlings", and that she tends to get into rages (which I hear McCain does too - just to be fair)

Frankly, I don't like her. I've listened to her tone of voice, and what she has said and implied since back before she was First Lady, and there was/is too much "the rules don't apply to me"

At the moment McCain can afford to be Mr. Honorable, after all, Clinton es doing enough mud-slinging that any such efforts on his part would be redundant. After the primaries we'll probably see a change in tactics, though he'll still have to be careful lest he be accused (probably without merit) of being either racist or sexist (depending on which Democrat gets the nomination).

Though I suspect that accusations of racism or sexism from an obviously biased media (*cough*NYT*cough*) will lend him more support rather than less.

KG2V is exactly right. My wife was a WH intern during the Clinton years (after impeachment), and she thought the same of Hillary.

All one needs to do is review all the many Clinton scandals. The list is too long to mention. And lets not forget McCain's Keating 5.

Devil's advocate #2: do you guys think Senator Clinton's campaign is any worse, or less moral, or just plain Mean-er, than, say, ANYONE'S campaign from 2004? 2000? 1996? I don't know if I've ever seen a clean presidential run. Obama's may be among the least hateful, but I wouldn't personally classify any political race at the national level as "honorable," period. Would you? Really, if you would, I'd like to hear why!

It's not that Hillary is the only one who plays that way, it's that she manages to embody everything that is wrong with "politics as usual" and every time she opens her mouth, wakes up in the morning, shows up, she reinforces it. She is not the only one, she is just the epitomy of what so many people are sick of. At this point, there is pretty much nothing she can do to save herself from being the poster child for nasty politics. She is sooo not likeable than she just cannot get out of that whole--that and the first step tp recovery is recognizing you have a problem.

Bea - you may just end up as the originator/inspiration for a new 'program' called Hillanon !

I don't see anything dishonorable about Cunningham's comments. The guy's middle name is Hussein, and there's really no question he's a Daley machine creation. And there's also the fact that Cunningham says the McCain campaign asked him to give "red meat" to the GOP crowd (though that was barely pink, maybe a light rose, let alone red).

Really, though, is anyone surprised McCain wants to fight potential allies and make nice with his opponents?

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