‘Extraordinaire’ Is Right
I saw a headline (though I did not read the article): “Donald Trump: Warrior Male Extraordinaire.” And I couldn’t help thinking of John McCain, and Trump’s denigration of him.
Let me do just a little Wikipedia quoting:
Trump Starts to Show the Real Trump
Last week I wrote about Donald Trump:
He reminds me a lot of Mitt Romney, at least in one respect. I always said that Romney “spoke conservatism as a second language” (a line some people ripped off, btw). That’s …
John McCain, a Big and ‘Lucky’ Life
My guest on Q&A today is Senator John McCain. He has led an extraordinarily big life. We talk about some of it: Vietnam, the 2008 presidential campaign. He talks about Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and some other figures.
McCain: Cutting Off DHS Funding ‘Would Be Terrible’
The president’s executive order on immigration may be lawless, says Arizona senator John McCain, but cutting off Department of Homeland Security funding to check it “would be terrible.”
“The American people didn’t give us a majority to have a …
McCain: Kindest Word I Can Use for Obama’s Foreign Policy Is ‘Feckless’
While some of the problems facing the country are outside of President Obama’s control, he has failed to adequately address global threats such as the Islamic State and Russia, allowing them to grow into even larger threats, says Senator John …
Backers of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Suddenly Quite Nervous
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Backers Suddenly Quite Nervous
Hey, remember when passage of immigration reform was a certainty, and lawmakers skeptical of the whole legislative contraption could either get on the fast-moving train …
How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?
Campaign Spot reader Michael writes in, having examined the claim of the missing Republican voters — the drop-off from McCain’s 2008 total to Romney’s 2012. Immediately after the election, many were left incredulous in response to the apparent news that …
McCain’s Defeat, Setting the Stage for the
I’m inside the arena, watching from the press seating section.
Arizona senator John McCain may deserve a lot of grief for not running the all-out, no-quarter-asked-or-given campaign that a lot of conservatives wanted to see in 2008. But he was …
President Obama, the Strong Favorite of IRS Employees
According to a search of FEC contributor data, employees of the Internal Revenue Service have a strong preference in this year’s election. Donors who list their employer as “Internal Revenue Service” or “IRS” have donated $26,538 to President Obama’s …
The Campaign Continues, After Hours
Over on the home page, I have an article on how the Romney campaign is counterpunching much faster in the early 2012 campaign than John McCain’s campaign did in the general election of 2008.
Two points to whet your appetite; first, …
For His Heroism at the Hanoi Hilton, McCain’s Navy Peers Have Been Quick to Salute Him
In the spring of 1977, I was a very new under secretary of the Navy, when the admiral in charge of congressional relations for the Navy Department asked to speak privately with me and the Secretary, Graham Claytor, after our morning …
A vision of colorblindness, &c.
One of the reasons I became a conservative, way back, is that I believed in the old liberalism — a liberalism that included colorblindness. I believed in E pluribus unum (“Out of many, one”). I believed in the melting pot. …
McCain on Possible DHS Shutdown: ‘I Don’t Want to See that Movie Again’
Arizona senator John McCain stopped by Face the Nation this morning to discuss ISIS, national security, and the looming showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
McCain said …
McCain: ‘For God’s Sake,’ Can’t the U.S. Help the Ukrainians Defend Themselves?
White House sources have indicated that the introduction of American arms into the conflict between Ukraine and Russia could exacerbate tensions, but Arizona senator John McCain thinks it’s necessary regardless. “For God’s sake,” he said on CBS’s Face …
McCain Blasts Obama’s ‘Shameful’ Inaction against Putin, Calls for Arming Ukrainians
Senator John McCain condemned President Obama’s failure to support the Ukrainians with intelligence and weapons, and said that the escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine is due to the United States’ failure to act forcefully enough in response to Putin’…
John McCain vs. the ‘Wacko Birds’
Today’s graphic du jour, spotlighted in the Morning Jolt, stems from reports that Senator John McCain isn’t all that enamored with some of his younger Republican colleagues:
When I asked him if “these guys” — having just …
Today’s Jobs Report: No, We Haven’t Turned the Right Corner
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C. — The news travels on two tracks; the lightning-fast express lane for news junkies like us, plugged into blogs, Twitter, and so on, and the meandering scenic route for everyone else.
There aren’t …
Nine Percent of 2008 Obama Voters Backing Romney
Another reason to be skeptical of the D+19 polls, courtesy Gallup…
Eighty-six percent of voters who say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 are backing Obama again this year, a smaller proportion than the 92% of 2008 John McCain voters who are …
Obama’s ‘The Fundamentals of Our Economy Are Strong’ Moment
On September 15, 2008, John McCain said, “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.” The Lehman collapse was in progress, and all of Wall Street was feeling intense anxiety, so there were many warning signs of economic trouble ahead. Having said, that, …
Watching the Same ‘Change’
Over on the home page, my review of the HBO movie Game Change is front and center.
I point out some examples where the figures who lived the scenes the movie dramatizes contend the movie-makers are making things up: