A Few Conservatives Recovering from PDS

Update for you real quick on a political sickness that has been sweeping the networks, PDS (Explained and Defined here…simple definition: Anyone who *really* think that Palin is qualified to be President).

Previously we mentioned on Kathleen Parker of the NRO had recovered from PDS. Here is her recounting her post-recovery experiences.

First up in David Brooks, neoconservative commentator at the NYT (boooo!!!…oh wait…is this a Palin rally, or rational people…I mean…who the hell boos a newspaper?*). He used to be a PDS sufferer, now he’s getting better.

You can read more here.

[Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. When I first started in journalism, I worked at the National Review for Bill Buckley. And Buckley famously said he’d rather be ruled by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty. But he didn’t think those were the only two options. He thought it was important to have people on the conservative side who celebrated ideas, who celebrated learning.

[And on Obama]

Obama has the great intellect. I was interviewing Obama a couple years ago, and I’m getting nowhere with the interview, it’s late in the night, he’s on the phone, walking off the Senate floor, he’s cranky. Out of the blue I say, ‘Ever read a guy named Reinhold Niebuhr?’ And he says, ‘Yeah.’ So i say, ‘What did Niebuhr mean to you?’ For the next 20 minutes, he gave me a perfect description of Reinhold Niebuhr’s thought, which is a very subtle thought process based on the idea that you have to use power while it corrupts you. And I was dazzled, I felt the tingle up my knee as Chris Matthews would say.

And George F. Will, whom I made fun of here.

Famed conservative columnist George Will told a gathering of Senate aides on Monday that Gov. Sarah Palin is “obviously” not prepared to assume the presidency if necessary, two event attendees told the Huffington Post.

Appearing at a Senate Press Secretaries Association reception at the Cornerstone Government Affairs office, Will offered a harsh assessment of John McCain’s running mate.

Palin is “obviously not qualified to be President,” he remarked, describing her interview on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as a “disaster.”

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Note this is from a couple weeks back and he might have re-lapsed since then. More on this as it becomes available.


CLEARWATER, Fla. — “Okay, so Florida, you know that you’re going to have to hang onto your hats,” Sarah Palin told a rally of a few thousand here this morning, “because from now until Election Day it may get kind of rough.”

You betcha. And the person dishing out the roughest stuff at the moment is Sarah Palin.

“I was reading my copy of the New York Times the other day,” she said.

“Booooo!” replied the crowd.

McCain vs McCain (Both John and Cindy)

Looks like there’s trouble in POW-land.

First up, when attack ads comd back to bite you in the ass.

That’s a good ad. Nice when you can devastate an opponent and you don’t have to use a word.  Advanced political Judo.

Speaking of attacks backfiring.  Here’s Cindy the Vixen on the campaign trail.

Until recently Mrs McCain and her husband, the Republican presidential candidate John McCain, have refused to discuss their two sons serving in the US military.

However, all that changed at a rally on Wednesday night in the swing state of Pennsylvania.

“The day that Sen Obama decided to cast a vote to not fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body,” she said. “I would suggest that Sen Obama change shoes with me for just one day and see what it means… to have a loved one serving in the armed forces and more importantly, serving in harm’s way.”

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If a black guy scared you by doing his job in the Senate, I can only imagine how you felt when your very own husband DID THE EXACT SAME THING.  Joe Biden pointed this out in the debate the other night when Palin tried to make the sane spurious claim.  The “telegraph.co.uk.’ seems to be a parody website, as somehow they forgot to fact-check this smear and just went with it.

In fact, Biden’s statement was correct: While McCain did not vote on a later version of the appropriations bill, he voted against the measure on March 29, 2007, and said at the time that he was opposing it, in part, because it “would establish a timeline” for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

As Media Matters for America has documented, on March 29, 2007, McCain voted against H.R. 1591, an emergency spending bill that would have funded the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and would have provided more than $1 billion in additional funds to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate passed H.R. 1591 by a margin of 51-47. Once the bill’s conference report was agreed to by the House, the Senate again passed the measure on April 26, 2007, by a vote of 51-46, but McCain did not vote on that version of the bill. By contrast, Sen. Barack Obama and Biden voted for the bill on both occasions. President Bush vetoed the bill, citing its provision for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

So McCain doesn’t even want to buy his own kid body armor and didn’t vote….right…which is about the same level of analysis that Cindy offered.  These kinds of attacks are foolish. 

Bringing out the white woman is probably a good idea, as Michelle Obama can’t really fight back (and won’t, and will just stay classy like San Diego) and Biden’s wife doesn’t seem to want to get involved.  Palin’s husband is currently falling on sword for her.

The thing about Cindy is, you know, being a beer heiress and a drug addict who started a “mobile hospital” to cover for her addiction, she probably shouldn’t be throwing too many stones.

Not to mention the fact that she stole her husband from another woman, but these are the kinds of things that are history now, and should only be brought up when someone starts flingin’ the poo.

Cindy McCain is so middle class, she only spent $300,000 for her outfit at the RNC.

When most middle class families, according to The McCains, make around $5 mil a year, $300G for a dress is pricey, but within most people’s budget and perfectly reasonable.

Vote for McCain, I need Another House!!

Vote for McCain, I need Another House!!

UPDATE: Looks like we’ve diagnosed Cindy McCain’s chronic “cold chills”.   Turns out it wasn’t withdrawal symptoms after all.

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments. At the time, nearly 65% of people polled in a CNN poll indicted that “things are going either moderately badly or very badly in Iraq.

July 2007: McCain voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq. At the time, an ABC poll found that 63% thought the invasion was not worth it, and a CBS News poll found that 72% of respondents wanted troops out within 2 years.

March 2007: McCain was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all combat troops within one year. Around this time, an NBC News poll found that 55% of respondents indicated that the US goal of achieving victory in Iraq is not possible. This number has not moved significantly since then.

February 2007: For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn’t even bother to show up and vote against a resolution condemning it. However, at the time a CNN poll found that only 16% of respondents wanted to send more troops to Iraq (that number has since declined to around 10%), while 60% said that some or all should be withdrawn. This number has since gone up to around 70%.

June 2006: McCain voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans’ medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans’ needs.

October 2003: McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

April 2003: McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000. To his credit, he also voted against the 2001 Bush tax cuts, which he now supports making permanent, despite the dire financial condition this country is in, and despite the fact that he indicated in 2001 that these tax cuts unfairly benefited the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class.