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July 02, 2008

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i don't understand how McCain's military service didn't prepare him for this.

In regards to McSame's campaign - - I know I'm paranoid, but it seems exceedingly curious to me that McSame decides to take a trip to Colombia which has various political writers quizzically scratching there heads as to its purpose (See Dan Balz' article in The Washington Post today), and it just happens that there is a rescue of hostages by Colombian forces - - including three Americans - - from a terrorist group. Do you think it may turn out that the old guy will now just happen to appear on the network and cable news programs discussing the War on Terror, how America is winning, how we need the steady hand of a proven warrior to keep up progress, etc. in the context of stories on the rescue which would normally have very little connection, in the mind of Americans, to the presidential campaign? How very Rovian - - free air time, on the Republican terroism scare topic. It's a bloody miracle of fortuitous timing, ain't it?

it is odd timing, but i wanted to hold off before weighing in on that. the thing about that is it would backfire many times over if it could be shown to be coordinated. so, i'll hold off judgment on that for the time being.

the thing about that is it would backfire many times over if it could be shown to be coordinated.

oh, i doubt that. the press would take it as a sure sign of his McManly TakeChargeitude (which he developed during those long nights in Vietnam).

It would also be likely to backfire because of this recent entry from the IOKIYAR file:

"The co-host of a recent top-dollar fundraiser for Sen. John McCain oversaw the payment of roughly $1.7 million to a Colombian paramilitary group that is today designated a terrorist organization by the United States.

Carl H. Lindner Jr., the billionaire Cincinnati businessman, was CEO of Chiquita Brands International from 1984 to 2001, and remained on the company's board of directors until May 2002. Beginning under his tenure, Chiquita executives paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym AUC), which is described by George Washington University's National Security Archive as an "illegal right-wing anti-guerrilla group tied to many of the country's most notorious civilian massacres."

Following a Justice Department indictment last year, Chiquita admitted to illegally funding the paramilitaries and agreed to pay a $25 million fine. Chiquita's payments to the AUC began in 1997 and lasted seven years; roughly half of the funds came after the group was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department in 2001.

According to the Justice Department, the payments "were reviewed and approved by senior executives" of Chiquita, who knew by no later than September 2000 "that the AUC was a violent, paramilitary organization."

Late last week, Lindner co-hosted a $25,000-per-person fundraiser for McCain and the Republican Party in the wealthy Indian Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The event raised about $2 million; Lindner also serves on McCain's Ohio Victory Team."

Mehlman-style (which is how I order my In-N-Out burgers when in LA)

Animal Style!!!!

Obi-Wan has taught you well...

Ari Berman's http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080714/berman>excellent article in the current Nation tells a very interesting story about McCain's close an corrupt intermingling of a fake "Reform Institute", his re-election committee, and Davis's lobbying firm, all of which shared offices, personnel, and payrolls. See if you can guess which nonprofit "institute" got soaked to fatten Davis's wallet.

In a better world, Davis would be stepping down because the media were going to ask awkward questions about issues raised in Berman's article. Of course, we all know that's not true, and it must be about organizational issues, as Publius discusses.

Note also that while the Berman article covers some old ground, it asks questions I'm not even seeing in the leftwing blogs. We all think this stuff is old news and well known, but if we want even a slim chance of McCain's actual record getting some traction in the media, we're going to have to start beating the drums ourselves. Making fun of McCain's gaffes, like his "I never said I didn't know economics" statement today, is fun, but it has little power to change anyone's perception of the man.

The really odd thing about the timing is that it puts him out of the country on the Fourth of July.

For a followup, his new campaign chief will direct the candidate to stop kissing babies.

Mehlman-style (which is how I order my In-N-Out burgers when in LA).

Do you get the santorum back, or on the side?

jeez - i just realized that the mehlman comment could be taken in an offensive way. i actually wasn't even remotely thinking along those lines. i typed the words mehlman-style, which reminded me of "animal style" burgers at In-N-Out, which I'll be getting soon in LA because I'm going there over the 4th.

it's hard to say how completely innocent that reference was intended to be ( i had actually forgotten all about the mehlman rumors). it was a strained attempt at humor.

but if people think it's offesnive, i'll delete.

"but if people think it's offesnive, i'll delete."

Everyone, clap your hands, to save publius from deleting himself!

Clap if you believe in publius! Clap harder!

ha - in a paranoid state, i asked a friend who reconfirmed i was quote "being crazy" for thinking of deleting.

by the way, animal style in-n-out burgers are my favorite fast food. i rarely eat fast food burgers anymore, but i always get one when on the west coast.

For those of us who have never been to Californ-i-aaay, what is an animal style in-n-out burger?

Animal Style. A burger fried in mustard with extra pickles and extra sauce.

Animal Style fries = fries + cheese + burger sauce + grilled onions.

That looks pretty delicious. Too bad that chain isn't in Houston (not that we don't have plenty of good burger joints anyway).

dry creek baby - it's the best i've had in houston

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