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rainlillie Donating Member (654 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 03:13 PM
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" Is the McCain Campaign Hiring Vocal Audience Plants?"
Edited on Sun Oct-12-08 03:15 PM by rainlillie
Source: Buzzflash

"Did Senator John McCain hire the man he hugged in a town-hall campaign event in Waukesha, Wisconsin? It is certainly no more a stretch than the McCain tactic of bringing up William Ayers, Chicago Citizen of the Year recipient in 1997, who while working with the Chicago School Reform Collaborative between 1995 and 2000 made education funding recommendations to the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge that Senator Barack Obama chaired at the time.

Yes, that Annenberg. The late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, staunch Republican supporter, his wife is endorsing John McCain. McCain's latest fear and smear tactic of using Ayers as an excuse to paint Obama as some kind of domestic terrorist sympathizer will have to include all the rest of the nice people who were also involved, and the MSM has been compliant by not fully calling McCain out on it. Does everyone associated with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge realize that now, by association, John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the Republican "base" see them all as toxic?

The Awkward Hug

In Waukesha James T. Harris, an AM conservative radio host admonished McCain: "It is absolutely vital that you take it to Obama, that you hit him where it hurts, there's a soft spot."

After bringing up Reverend Wright, ACORN and some unspecified "shady characters", Harris got really dramatic and said "I am begging you, sir, I am begging you. Take it to him."

So who is James T. Harris? He's an AM radio talk show host on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for WTMG AM 620 in Milwaukee. But there is more to James T. Harris. He's outsource ready.

Harris runs a business called "IllumiNation". The Web page that describes how to engage Harris's services are indeed quite illuminating:

"Choose Your IllumiNation Program Now in Three Easy Steps!

1. Know the Desired Outcomes you want your audience to experience.
2. Define an ample time slot to allow us to introduce and unpack the program for those outcomes.
3. Pick a single program or combine multiple programs that fit the allotted time and desired outcomes."

I'm sure it is just a coincidence, and we have no evidence that John McCain's campaign would actually hire PR type people such as Harris to help move along the campaign, but if McCain ever needs someone from Wisconsin to stand up and ask a question the campaign would like to have asked, maybe as a precursor to the last debate of the general election season, James T. Harris looks like he can deliver."
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Read more: http://bbsnews.net/article.php/20081010004010613



When I heard the exchange between McCain and the guy in the audience ( Harris) I told my husband, that sounds really rehearsed to me. I hope Keith or Rachel will look into this. I'm not counting on the MSM to do it.
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dbonds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 03:20 PM
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1. Of course they are hired.
It seems obvious. He can say he wanted to take the high road (sarcastic yeah right), but his supporters demanded he go postal.
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theoldman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 03:22 PM
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2. The biggest joke of all is that the Freepers think
the Democrats are planting these people.
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ExPatLeftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 03:30 PM
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3. It's all staged
The racists and nuts get their garbled message out there, helping McCain, and McCain then "corrects" them, winning points and allowing the farce to continue.

The McCain campaign sees the world through Rove-colored glasses.
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geminifemini Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 03:51 PM
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4. Deja vu ala W and Jeff Gannon.
and about that:  did anyone ever figure who Gannon spent all
those nights with at the White House?  
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progressivebydesign Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 04:25 PM
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9. OMG! I forgot about Gannon! The media sure dropped the ball on that one.
Is that guy still in the media somewhere? Or is he working for McCain? And yes.. who the hell was he sleeping with in the WH? I always wondered about that...
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 03:58 PM
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5. Paid republicon propaganda does not serve Country First
It serves fatcat republicon homelander cronies, not the citizens of the USA.

Tell the truth for once, republicons.

Americans are sick of your lies, propaganda, and spin.
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Kalifornia.Kid Donating Member (603 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 04:12 PM
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6. Rove / Schmidt Dirty Tricks
Wouldn't be a surprise if the tactic came out of the Rove/Schmidt black bag of dirty tricks. Losing on the front end of the campaign expect dirty deeds on the back end of the election. Ohio will be the Florida of 2000.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 04:15 PM
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7. Any Black Person Who Wasn't Part of McCain's Entourage Would Probably Have Gotten Lynched
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 04:20 PM
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8. Since the republicans are know for hand picked audiences
It would not surprise me that they were.
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bobd0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 06:43 PM
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10. Reminiscent of the Bush administration's use of The Lincoln Group for propaganda
McCain. Anything to win. "Country First" my ass.
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