Old Dogs, Old Tricks, by Aging Hipster

I have some news for Mr. Magoo. Having a “Surge” in the first place would have been a good idea.

John McCain and his super patriot followers love to talk about “The Surge.” They know that this issue works in their favor, since things have markedly improved in Iraq. While that’s great news for all of us, some facts work against the 71 year old Senator. First, McCain carries an ® by his name that he will not easily shed. This was a Republican war, drummed up by a Republican administration that was hastily entered in to (purposefully) before the country was allowed sufficient time to think it out. We might all like to forget the “freedom fry” and “smoking gun mushroom clouds” PR work, or we might all like to have never heard about the “cake walk” and “oil revenue reconstruction” discussions that were going on behind closed doors. We shouldn’t. It’s all public record. McCain was right there for every bit of it, and all the ends justify the means logic he employs now can’t change that.

Another matter of public record is the fact that there never should have been a surge. For all the talk of “commanders on the ground,” McCain’s team only listened to the Generals who were their bootlickers.

General Eric Schinseki told congress before the war started that we didn’t have enough troops to carry out a war of occupation. He was right, and there would be plenty of American Soldiers alive today had he been listened too.

Instead, Schinseki was sent packing and John McCain didn’t raise his voice one time to object. That is one example of McCain’s lack of spine. Time and time again when McCain needs to be a maverick, he fails. Later, when it is good for his political career, he finds his voice.

For example, McCain now decries the Katrina fiasco.

What was he doing that day? Pictures speak a thousand words. THEN, John McCain was eating cake and taking up Bush’s time. NOW, he admits it “never should have happened.”

So here we are….

Right on cue, it is now nearly August, and the GOP playbook is being employed before our very eyes. Seeing that a wrecked economy is an anchor around his neck, and that his campaign is not doing well, McCain has decided to question Barack Obama’s patriotism. He is personally impugning Barack Obama’s character, just as every GOP nominee since the elder Bush has done before him. His hope is to instill fear in the electorate.

It seems that when we need a maverick, we just get an old dog, and he can’t learn any new tricks.

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75 responses to “Old Dogs, Old Tricks, by Aging Hipster

  1. It is rather shocking what has happened to McCain since 2000, but having your head up George’s ass does prevent oxygen getting to the brain so we shouldn’t be surprised.

  2. Horsedooty

    good post Steve. McSame is just too old and out of touch. But that really never stopped the R’s from tying to control the issues.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  3. I don’t about the rest of you, but I’ve rather surprised by the petulant turn his campaign has taken.

  4. Horsedooty

    yup surprised but what else does he have?

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  5. I cant believe I ever supported the dude. What was i thinking?!?

  6. Horsedooty

    remember the cutie Monica Goddling? She was the DOJ person that weeded out the Dems from the hiring process and at least one lesbian. She may lose her license to practice law as a result of the the findings.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25885761

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  7. Horsedooty

    this was in the Fat Alberto justice dept.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  8. Nice post, too bad it’s all true.

    McCain is desperate, and his attacks make him look like an idiot….that commercial blaming high gasoline price on Obama is an insult to every American….if McCain truly believes Obama is to blame for high gas prices he has no business running for President….

    “their coming to take him away, he he ha ha, to the funny farm, where life is beautiful…”

  9. Horsedooty

    UB,

    what do you do for a living? I hope it is not too personal. I am just curious.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  10. I work for a webcasting company. I do what ever they need, mostly administration and some design.

  11. Not quit as cool as Google – but a great place to work, very flexible as long as the work get completed correctly and on time.

  12. Horsedooty

    nice, thanks.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  13. Karolenna

    Hi All.

    Steve, I agree with your great post. Don’t you all get so sick of hearing about “the surge”. It’s the surge this and the surge that. Obama doesn’t seem to have changed what he says about the surge at any time. I like the fact that he attributes “success” to multiple situations. And, with what happened this morning with about 60 people being killed by the bombing by a female, wonder how that will impact the success of the surge.

    I don’t take the R’s lightly at all. They will fight to the death for control and will come out to do and say anything when it gets close to the election. Believe me, there are people who will believe anything especially if they lean toward the R’s. There is an ultraconservative guy with whom I worked years ago now living in SC. He writes me all kinds of things to incite me to respond. He doesn’t like McCain but he always refers to Obama as “Osama”.

  14. Karolenna

    This is completely off topic and probably something that has been posted on here before, but I am so moved when I see the videos (Brian, do we have the three links rule here?). I love animals and especially these videos.

    http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=7133159242365143791

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-452820/Christian-lion-lived-London-living-room.html

  15. dnd

    “I cant believe I ever supported the dude. What was i thinking?!?”

    Me too Hip. But not any more. Don’t recognize the guy. He really sounded crazy on ThisWeek.

    Remember back when he pledged to have a civil campaign?

  16. I upped the link limit to 4.

  17. dnd

    I just saw the new McCain add where they say Obama made time for the gym, but didn’t have time to visit the injured troops. Really makes McCain look desperate. And not too bright.

  18. Robert Novak has a brain tumor, couldn’t have happened to a nicer fellow.

  19. Horsedooty

    justice is served in my opinion

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  20. One of the talking heads on MSNBC just mentioned Bill Bradley as a possible VP, that could be interesting and I could get behind that!

  21. Horsedooty

    the could shoot hoops in the hall near the oval office

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  22. Horsedooty

    the = they

  23. hey I never thought of that!

  24. Horsedooty

    nothing stirs up the creative juices like a rousing game of HORSE.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  25. dnd

    Bill Bradley would be a great pick.

  26. Bradley was a helluva ball player.

  27. I bet Obama comes up with someone none of us have thought about. I bet it is going to be one of those Clinton/Gore things like in 92 and will blow us all away.

  28. ….and speaking of which…

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2008/07/28/key_obama_aides_converge_in_dc.html

    I am starting to wonder if McCain is about to name someone and then Obama is going to do the same???

  29. I don’t think it’s going to be anyone from the “short list”. Well off to see a client, cya!

  30. dnd

    Bradley was a helluva senator.

    Some may view him as too liberal, but I think his calm, reasoned demeanor would be perfect for dealing on the histrionics on the campaign trail.

    And this would give him another opportunity to work on universal health care and campaign finance reform.

  31. Tonyb39

    Hipster
    Thanks very informative.I agree with you Fear thats what Mccain and the Republicans have to offer.I don’t think its going to work this time.I think they have no credibility on any issue!!

    Karolenna
    Hey good to read your post.I had the same problem with my Republican uncle and his wife as you have with your former ultra conservative co-worker.I had them sending me all that Obama = Osama, and the Hillary and Bill BS until I started sending them stuff on Bush /Chenney and telling them they should be in jail! They stopped.Fire with Fire and all. Thanks for the links…

  32. I think Gallup lost all creditability today, one of the polls they released today has Obama ahead by 8 and another they released today has McCain ahead by 4. WEIRD!

  33. Chef Sheila

    Doots!

    Well done. I mean you are a good writer dude! Sorry I’m late, been on an Army base allllllll day getting my sticker and health insurance all straightened out. I’m telling you. I forgt how bogged down and red tapey it is. Been 15 years since I”ve dealt with a base, let alone the army and their lingo as compared to the Navy….lie speaking Greek.

  34. Doots? Today’s thread is by Hipster!

  35. Chef Sheila

    LOLOLOL Well, the Army What can I say…….Still haven’t eaten yet today….

    HIP!!! So YOU are the good writer. lol In any case it was a very good piece.

  36. dnd

    Hindsight is 20-20, but here’s the mistake Obama made with the Landstuhl non-visit: he should have gone there first. With Reed and Hagel, before there was any press coverage, due to the security blackout.

    Plus I think seeing injured warfighters before you go into a war zone gives you something to think about. And how well the “surge” is working.

    But like I said, hindsight is 20-20…

  37. Reed and Hagel didn’t go to Germany, the parted company in Jordon.

  38. dnd

    Brian,
    I meant that he should have gone there very first thing, before he went to Iraq and Afghanistan. That was the reference to going there before going into a war zone.

  39. Chef Sheila

    I did find out today, that Obama went to Walter Reed and visited troups without media coverage days before he went to Iraq.

    I wish they would come out with that. He visited the hospital mash unit in Iraq…..I mean how much water can they squeese from this rock?

  40. Thanks for all the kind words gang. I wasn’t sure about the line:
    “He was right, and there would be plenty of American Soldiers alive today had he been listened too. ”

    but I stand by it. Hope you all are well.

  41. Chef Sheila

    I didn’t read if anyone caught this small news clip on VEEP.

    Obama Spotted At Veep Vetter’s Office

    http://thepage.time.com/2008/07/28/obama-spotted-at-veep-vetters-office/

  42. Chef Sheila

    and one more

    A NOTE ABOUT THE OBAMA STAFFING TODAY

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/07/28/1228874.aspx

  43. Karolenna

    dnd,

    I don’t really agree with you about Obama visiting the hospital. I was reading the inserted link when I went back to see your post. It would seem that McCain is now the one with a serious issue of character and also how he reacts under the pressure that Obama is getting the press, or at least was getting the press last week.

    Hagel seems to think that McCain has a serious question of character the way he attacking Obama on this issue. No matter what Obama would have done, McCain was ready for an attack either way.

    “At that point, it was a political trip for Senator Obama,” Hagel explained.” “I think it would have been inappropriate for him (to visit the hospital) — and certainly he would have been criticized by the McCain people and the press and, probably should have been — if, on a political trip in Europe, paid for by political funds, not the taxpayers, to go essentially then and be accused of using our wounded men and women as props for his campaign.”

    http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat/339938/a_serious_question_of_character

  44. dnd

    Karolenna,

    I agree with your point. And I think this is all gonna backfire on McCain. My point was that he should have gone to the hospital when he was on a senate fact finding mission with Reed and Hagel. As soon as it turned into a political trip, visiting the hospital would be inappropriate. Using them as a political prop is inappropriate. Something the McCain campaign thinks is ok to do.

  45. Horsedooty

    so has anyone heard from Dog today? I know she went on a road trip but I thought she would he home by now.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  46. Chef Sheila

    I can’t remember what she said, but I thought she was staying here…..I thought it was local office ground pounding.

  47. Obama should have, once he decided not to go, he should have immediately re-scheduled the visit. It would have been announced as a reschedule and not skipped visit….

  48. Chef Sheila

    The only argument possible for you guys is this fact.

    It was a Congressional fact finding to the Middle East. Paid for by us. that is the only way he was able to go. He would not have been allowed in if it was political.

    The trip was planned some months ago. The Government and the Military are slow with these things.

    So any changes would have canned the trip.

    I I am figuring that since Obama went to Walter Reed just days before the Trip and going to the Mash Unit to talk to the wounded in Iraq, he was fullfilling what you wanted for him DND.

    All the rest of the governments or countries and secret services and foriegn security groups involved in the trip, probably could not commodate the changes in plans either. To much money.

    What really bothers me is the not-so-swift response by Obama Campaign so far,

    BUT……I believe the Repugs have cried wolf about this so many times, if its going to stick anyway.

    So Obama and crew will have enough time to formulate something and then start slamming the reality of McCain and the ecomony down his campaign throat.

  49. Chef Sheila

    Reprint, ………

    What really bothers me is the not-so-swift response by Obama Campaign so far is just that,,,,,just not there!

    BUT……I believe the Repugs have cried wolf about this so many times, its NOT going to stick anyway as ong as something comes back in the next day or two.

    Geez…….just call me done.

  50. THIS IS A NOTHING STORY, DON’T GIVE IN THE REPUGS, THERE IS NOTHING TO DEFEND HERE!

  51. Chef Sheila

    So what are you trying to say brian?……….. lol

  52. It is a non-story — but that is exactly what the repugs thrive on, simple crap that can be twisted into a 5 word slam and repeated by simpletons.

    The game winner, ( imo ) is going to be the newly registered voters. If they follow through and go to the polls, I think it’s going to be a big GE win for Obama.

  53. Chef Sheila

    Get ready for a tear jerker. An emotional choker.

    Honored by his country at last, man accused in WWII lynching dies in peace

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/372448_snow28.html?source=mypi

  54. VP = Lincoln Chaffee former Senator of Rhode Island.

    Well I guess that we no longer are living in a Republic with the new revelations of the DOJ {Department of Justice}. There is no longer the Rule of Law where everyone is treated equally under the Law.

    There is no longer a Constitution.

    Its all over folks and we can thank Senator Schumer of NY and Diane Feinstein of California for endorsing the new head of the Gestapo DOJ Mucasey.

    And least anyone forget it was Schumer who implemented the re election of Judas Iscariot Lieberman as an Independent when the Democrats of Connecticut rejected him as the parties choice in 2006.

    There are Fascist Nazi Traitors inside the Democratic Party and I would have to now believe that Nancy Pelosi is one as well since she took Impeachment Off The Table.

    They are all complicit in Treason and War Crimes and I hope they are all tried in the Hague and when found guilty and hung.

    I don’t know if I can go on posting any more political post since there is no longer a Country to fight for unless the people are willing to bare arms and overthrow our Government like the Constitution we use to have says We Have a Right To Do So.

    If there not willing to die for our country then we deserve what we get.

    God Bless.

  55. dnd

    Regarding the latest Gallop poll confusion:

    “Registered voters are much more important at the moment,” Gallup chief Frank Newport said. He said McCain’s lead among likely voters suggests “the possibility’s there that Republicans can get energized.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-07-28-poll_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

  56. Chef Sheila

    Thanks DND.

    This is indeed and interesting time period. I can’t remember a more befudled population. So either the polsters don’t know what they are doing this year or Its the Economy Stupid!

    Time to Obama to start seriously pounding hard at that subject. This will be where 2 + 2 = 4

    that plus a brilliant veep choice ;0)

  57. Chef Sheila

    welllll………sad comentary sighting.

    Robert Novak was dagnosed with a Brain Tumor on Sunday. Biospy today.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/1077958,novak072808.article

  58. Chef Sheila

    Morning Brian,

    Are you injecting your coffee of choice?

  59. dnd

    I’m wondering if Novak’s brain tumor explains his hit and run. Plausible.

  60. Chef Sheila

    ooooo……thoughtful dnd,

  61. coffee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. dog's eye view

    Morning all. Yup, I saw some small article that the brain tumor could explain not seeing the pedestrian at all.

    I dunno. Just do not have the sense of lingering sadness on hearing of others’ illnesses. This one might be a small personal tragedy for his family, period.

    Do you think we will now see some stories that humanize the guy? Because he seems kind of mean and mean-spirited, to this dog at least. When one thinks of him at all. Which is rarely.

  63. Ok so what do we know about Tim Kaine, MSNBC is reporting that he in talks with Obama about the VP slot. I don’t know a hell of a lot about him.

  64. Well duh doots! but the wiki really doesn’t say much about where he stands on issues.

  65. dog's eye view

    Know him personally. GREAT guy. A liberal who is a bridge-builder and does not have an enemy, to my knowledge. Married to Anne Holton, daughter of former governor Linwood Holton, a moderate Republican who helped issue in school integration. (Famous picture of him escorting young Anne to an integrated public school.)

    Practiced law in Richmond before becoming mayor and next Lt. Gov and then governor. Made a lot of money from winning a housing discrimination case, which enabled him to pursue politics.

    Kaine would be an excellent choice if you wanted to enthuse the liberals in your coalition. He is a results-driven guy; very low key and down to earth.

    Not known nationally, but think people would like him a lot on learning about him.

    ====

    Do you think Obama will roll out his VP choice once McCain makes his own known?

  66. I think Obama’s choice is coming soon, I think McCain is going to wait it out as long as possible.

  67. dog's eye view

    Brian: for me, Tim Kaine has enormous integrity, intelligence, compassion and outreach potential. I don’t know where he stands on many of the issues, but would trust his decision-making entirely. Politically, I know that he is to the left of me, personally, but a capable executive and thoughtful man.

    Might be an excellent choice, in terms of forging ahead with a new consensus-building form of government.

  68. Hey gang,

    getting really concerned about the lack of response to the swiftboating.

    Later
    Steve

  69. dog's eye view

    Here’s a quick bio on Linwood Holton, Kaine’s father in law and predecessor as Virginia governor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Linwood_Holton_Jr.

  70. dnd

    Hip,
    If the opposition has you explaining, they win.
    Obama needs a bad-cop to deal with the swiftboating, i.e., a veep pick.

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