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kevinmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 08:10 AM
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Moonie Times: Wheels are coming off McCain's campaign
Even the right-wing Washington Times can't ignore McCain's near-daily flip-flops. . .

At times it appears Sen. John McCain's Straight Talk Express should stop and ask for directions.

From signature issues such as immigration and climate change to tax cuts, the presumed Republican presidential nominee sometimes just seems lost as to his own record and his stance on hot-button social issues.

After Mr. McCain said he opposed child adoptions to gay and lesbian couples, his campaign clarified that he wasn't making policy and would leave the issue to the states.

In the past week, the candidate was unable to say whether he thought health care plans that cover drugs to treat impotency also should cover contraceptives. Mr. McCain voted against such a proposal in 2005.

For a candidate who delights in telling audiences that it's time for "a little straight talk," he has given his opponents chances to question that reputation. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund on Wednesday announced a TV ad campaign showing Mr. McCain's eight-second pause and his fumble for an answer to the question on coverage for birth control.

The problem, said Michael McKenna, a Republican strategist who works on climate change issues, is that Mr. McCain's campaign doesn't prepare him well and that he stakes out positions for political reasons.

"Doesn't mean he understands it; it means he has the instinct that 'I don't want to be there, I want to triangulate off those guys,' " Mr. McKenna said. "He finds out where the conservatives are and he moves away from them, and only when he is compelled to, by facts or political exigencies, does he recalibrate. The campaign and the Senate office is, in a lot of cases, left standing there saying, 'OK, what target are we shooting at here?' "

DETOUR: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain talks with Lucak Wake, 5, in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday. Mr. McCain's campaign has had to clarify the candidate's position after some fumbles. (Associated Press)

Twice this year, Mr. McCain has said he doesn't support "mandatory" caps on greenhouse gas emissions, even though that is the crux of his proposal to address climate change. He often uses his proposal as a chief example to differentiate himself from President Bush.

Mr. McKenna said it's impossible to have a cap-and-trade program without mandatory caps. By embracing targets rather than mandatory caps, he said, "it sounds like something Bush could have said."

"I would be willing to bet you every dollar I'm going to make this year he could not describe the important parts of his cap-and-trade proposal," Mr. McKenna said........
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 08:12 AM
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1. Wow. Maybe the 'librul' media will get a clue. nt
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blue sky at night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 08:42 AM
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2. For the pukes reality isn't an issue..........
if I can vote for bu$h/cheney than shit man, mcsame is my dude. After georgie even johnny must seem like a genius to the base.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 09:35 AM
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3. This publication is anti-progressive, pro-neocon. Is this a sign that McCain
may be maneuvered out of running as the GOP presidential candidate? Maybe. He's looking so bad that even the pro-GOP corporate national press can't completely cover it up, and he's getting worse all the time. Signs of dementia, incoherence, no clue whatsoever.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 10:25 AM
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4. Junior has truly become the 'uniter.'
Edited on Sat Jul-19-08 10:31 AM by formercia
Just about everyone, from all corners of the political spectrum have become united against anything and anyone connected with Bush Gang.

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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 11:16 AM
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5. How's he going to get to the Convention without wheels on the Straight Talk Express?
Edited on Sat Jul-19-08 11:16 AM by WakeMeUp
Guess he'll have to fly...to the Minneapolis Airport. Hope he doesn't have to go to the bathroom. :eyes:
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