Phil Gramm (left) and John McCain (right)
Phil Gramm, a financial advisor to Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, has resigned from his post after making insensitive statements about the current U.S. economic crisis, labeling it “mental.” McCain denounced his statements.
McCain Co-Chairman, Under Fire, Steps Aside
Former Senator Phil Gramm resigned late Friday as a co-chairman of Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, capping a day filled with controversy for Mr. McCain, the presumed Republican nominee.
McCain: of course we’re in a recession.
Republican nominee for president John McCain stated today that America is in a recession. Shhh don’t tell the president. Wouldn’t want to rouse him from his slumber.
McCain: ‘I Would Imagine We Are’ in a Recession
He was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program whether he believed the nation was in a recession, that dreaded “R” term. Rather than repeat his oft-used description that the economy is “slowing,” Mr. McCain said, “I would imagine that technically there’s some question amongst economists about that. The fact is Americans are hurting, they’re hurting badly.”
Barack Obama, journalists and the Secret Service on plane during incident
A plane carrying Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, had to make an emergency landing after it was discovered the aircraft was malfunctioning.
This is the third such Obama plane related incident over the last several months during this campaign. Once can be labeled a coincidence, but three times. Why does this keep happening.
In unrelated news, runner up Hillary Clinton, was seen loitering around the plane before take off, with a wrench in her hand. Ok, just kidding about the Hillary part, but Obama’s plane has malfunctioned once again:
Obama’s plane makes unexpected landing due to mechanical problem
WASHINGTON — A plane carrying US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made an unexpected but safe landing in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday due to a mechanical problem.
The snag was detected about one hour after the plane took off from Chicago for Charlotte, North Carolina, Fox News reported.
The aircraft, an MD-80 Midwest charter, experienced a problem with the pitch, or control over the nose of the plane, the pilot said
No, Not The Slippers
Barack Obama (Democrat – pictured left…and left wing) and John McCain (Republican – pictured right…and right wing). Get the joke.
The BBC has made a list of the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign nominees’ platforms and how they’ve flip flopped on various issues:
US candidates practise their U-turns
In order to pass their political driving test, successful politicians need to be masters of one tricky manoeuvre in particular – the U-turn.
The contenders in this year’s US presidential election are no exceptions – both John McCain and Barack Obama have engaged in some nifty repositioning.
Mr McCain’s U-turns have mostly increased his appeal to the Republican Party’s base, placing him on a rightward trajectory.
Barack Obama has been performing a more traditional manoeuvre: running to the left during the primaries, when party activists need to be wooed, then shifting to the centre once the nomination is clinched.
Flip-flopping politicians will always attract charges of hypocrisy and opportunism: it may be worth it if it helps them win over undecided voters in the middle, but when the goal is to shore up their political base, the benefits are much less clear.
Here are some examples…
Barack Obama (the black dude) and John McCain (the white dude). Just kidding.
I found a web site with informative and funny videos that lists a bit of Barack Obama’s and John McCain’s histories and what they stand for. Look out for the tidbit on where McCain graduated in his class:
After watching George Bush in action these last few years, I am a firm believer that world leaders should be subjected to mental exams. Don’t laugh, I’m serious.
Based on published interviews, John McCain still has some hostility towards Asians, over the 5 ½ years he spent being tortured as a P.O.W.
John McCain and his wife Cindy
America is at such a delicate place in world history due to all the damage George Bush has caused, via the war in Iraq, and various international leaders and diplomats he enraged with his deeds, statements and snubs. Therefore, next president will need to be someone that can calm down international hostility, not further inflame them.
The next president will need to be a fence mender. A name restorer. A person of peace. Given the regrettable things that happened to McCain, is he up to that task.
What is his mental state after the terrible psychological and physical damage that was inflicted upon him. What is his temper like. These are very important questions, because with the current state of the world, with war and nuclear conflicts raging, how would he handle that.
John McCain is busy courting conservatives who are questioning his credentials in that realm. He’s made visits to many Christian leaders:
Conservative evangelicals discuss backing McCain
Conservative evangelical leaders met privately this week to discuss putting aside their misgivings about John McCain and coalescing around the Republican’s presidential bid while urging him to consider social conservative favorite Mike Huckabee as a running mate.
About 90 of the movement’s leading activists gathered Tuesday night in Denver for a meeting convened by Mathew Staver, who heads the Florida-based legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel.