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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #354: Fundamentals Edition

HARRY REID: Rips McCain a new one on his statement that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong."

BACKPEDALING: McCain's new ad claims that "the economy is in crisis."

BARACK OBAMA: Smacks McCain for an ideology that breeds incompetence.

JOHN MCCAIN: A compilation of more furious backpedaling on all the talk shows this morning.

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  1. Lets be honest, I support Barack Obama in this next election, but part of me misses his old uplifting rhetorical style of hope and change. Its a shame that the political landscape has had to shift from these concepts to ideas of offensive rebuttal's. Where are the messages that we all fell in love with? Where's the guarantee that Obama will transform this America into something more just and ethical? I still support Obama, but I miss the speeches that left me feeling like tomorrow was going to be a new and bold America unlike any we've seen since the days of FDR or JFK. Lets return to the core concepts of a new Washington which fights for the rights and equality of all, be they black, white, polkadot, gay, straight or transgender. Common Obama, where's the politician we fell in love with?

    Posted by: ANON | Sep 16, 2008 6:12:35 PM

  2. Thanks for these links Andy, too funny with McShame on the one hand and scary that millions can't wait to cast a vote for this old, out of touch, rich man. Are American's as dumb not to se that he is INCOMPETENT as they seem to be in this most important election to come along in years???

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 16, 2008 6:45:51 PM

  3. If McCain does any more backpedaling he's going to crash his three-wheeler, you know, like the ones the seniors in Florida ride.

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 16, 2008 7:21:59 PM

  4. If McCain does any more backpedaling he's going to crash his three-wheeler, you know, like the ones the seniors in Florida ride.

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 16, 2008 7:22:38 PM

  5. I wish Mark wasn't right but I have never been so scared that the ignorant fools in this country are about to hand the Republicans another 4 years. God I pray I'm wrong. Bill Maher hit it right on the head: It's like going to a restaurant for 8 years that has made you deathly ill, only to go back for another 4 years and order the same exact thing. Wake-up America. Wake-up...

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Sep 16, 2008 7:25:57 PM

  6. You know - McCain is nothing but good at memorizing his script. Thanks for the posts!

    Posted by: Richard | Sep 16, 2008 7:55:33 PM

  7. Let me know what you think:

    Posted by: William | Sep 16, 2008 7:55:35 PM

  8. yes, the sun'll come up tomorrow... i still say everything's owned by a few people at the top and it just trickles down to us at the bottom of the pyramid (i guess i'm in the basement ((does that make me a mummy? -- not a hockey mummy, please!) anyway, so we have both sides slinging shit at each other and who knows who's right... was it the democrats fault under clinton? is it the current crop of greedy politicians and financial institutions gone out of control... do we need more regulation like miss whoopi said on the view... in the final analysis we shall have to see who the undecided believe in at the last minute... this is why it's such an exciting rollercoaster ride with la palin as the main attraction... who knows, does the barracuda mama have some more surprises in store for us? we shall see. give 'em hell, hon.

    Posted by: the queen | Sep 16, 2008 8:15:01 PM

  9. Oh dear God in heaven. I remember reading TIME in 2001, when they did an expose of Bush welcoming various world leaders to the White House over several weeks. He literally used the the exact same script, with fill-in-the-blank changes ("It's a pleasure to welcome our friends from _____ today..."). I thought McCain at least had some basic street smarts, but now I'm starting to question even those.

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 16, 2008 8:28:53 PM

  10. Senator Reid is an impressive guy. I just don't get why he can't deliver Nevada for the democrats. What's up with that?

    Posted by: John | Sep 16, 2008 8:50:00 PM

  11. The Queen

    We do know who is at fault. Die hard anti-regulation/ admitted deregulator mcshame (never met a gov regulation he wasn't against) has even admitted a bit about the facts. That some regulation is needed. The thing is , we had the needed regulations in place since FDR till bush

    Bush and a repub congress removed FDR era regulations on the banking and mortgage industries. A lot of what is happening is what happened leading up to the great crash that created the Great depression. Simple regulations were put into place by the FDR administration (BLESS FDR and the New Deal) to make sure such never happened again. Bushco and the repub congress removed those regulations.

    What we are seeing is the results of FULL on laissez faire Capitalist REPUB policies. They finally had both a repub prez and a repub congress to fully implement their wish.

    They removed the FDR new deal placed regulations on banks and mortgage companies that would have prevented this F up.

    This is full on true republicanism as its unmasked self. This is the baby of full on true laissez faire capitalism (of course they now want gov involvement to save their wallets).

    FDR era regulations saved us once from such, prevented such from happening again (till bush and repub congress) , and will bring us back out of it.

    The dems get this and know this. obama/ Biden, Chuck Schummer, Reid, etc are all hitting hard on putting back in place the regulations that would have prevented all of this.

    mccain is Herbert Hoover pt 2

    The 2 greatest american presidents

    1- Lincoln (preserved the union), yes a repub who the modern repubs would lynch

    2- FDR (saved the union that was collapsing due to the great depression)

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 16, 2008 9:23:11 PM

  12. PS

    The Greatest First Lady

    Can't mention FDR without Eleanore Roosevelt

    1- refused to have interviews except with female news reporters which forced newspapers and radio news to hire women for the first time.

    2- Worked hard for Civil rights for African Americans

    3- Worked hard for consumer welfare regulations so people wouldn't eat tainted meat or buy shoty products

    4- Worked hard for better education for all races of americans

    5- truly held up and helped ailing FDR

    6- as US delegate to the UN later made chair of the Comission on Human Rights was the key figure in the creation of the groundbreaking Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).


    she had an ugly face but a great mind and soul


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 16, 2008 9:36:46 PM

  13. Latest electoral map now has McCain leading Obama by 20 electoral points.
    McCain 227 / Obama 207. They along with Newsweek have red states getting redder and blue states turning more purple. The Obama campaign has been in disarray since Palin was added to the ticket and they just haven't been able to bounce back.

    Posted by: Vet | Sep 16, 2008 9:53:40 PM

  14. VET

    The BS on their stats is they list Virginia as tied at 48% to 48%

    yesterday SUSA (one of the most accurate pollsters from the primaries) has Obama up 6% in Virginia while they undercount AA turnout at 19% (kerry got 21% AA turnout in VA 2004)

    After catching that = no need to even look at the rest of the crack smoking results rcp has. they are so off it isn't funny. SUSA ranks better than them as a pollster.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 16, 2008 10:11:52 PM

  15. Well, hello, Vet!

    It's been so long since you've graced us with your presence—under any of your many screen names (Liz/Leah/Elizabeth Bard).

    Funny you should mention the polls! McCain's post-RNC bounce is still in evidence but declining—from a high in RealClearPolitcs' Poll of Polls of +2.9 last Monday to just +1.3 today—and expected to continue its decline for the rest of the week, so keep on watching!

    As for electoral projections, I'm glad you brought those up, Liz! Since state polls lag the daily national polls, McCain's bounce is still in full effect on most electoral maps.

    But there's this great new website ( details electoral projections on 79 other sites, including CNN, RealClearPolitics, Salon, and, plus polling organizations, including Rasmussen and Zogby.

    Right now, they show as projected electoral winner:

    Obamo on 55 sites
    McCain on 16, and
    Tied on 8.

    So, electorally speaking—which is the only thing that counts come election day—Obama is still kicking ass. McCain probably wishes his own campaign were in such "disarray."

    Not quite the good news, you were expecting, huh? But thanks again for dropping in, Vet/Leah/Liz/Troll/Cunt!

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 16, 2008 10:25:36 PM

  16. This just in from


    is the same commenter as

    Nobama/Biden Time/Just Biden Time/No Thanks

    Damn! I'm beginning to think there's only one VERY BUSY Republicunt troll polluting all these gay blogs.

    I must admit I'm impressed with the productivity—if not with the laughable sloppiness of the attempted deception.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 16, 2008 10:52:27 PM

  17. 24 play

    Cool link on the electoral college

    On you catching the same poster posting under multiple names.......Are you CIA? If not, you should apply to be an agent. :-)

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 16, 2008 11:00:21 PM

  18. 24PLAY and JIMMYBOYO,

    thanx for keeping it real.

    Posted by: nic | Sep 17, 2008 10:49:04 AM

  19. NIC


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 17, 2008 1:26:10 PM

  20. Wow, McCaint is proving he is truly an idiot and his bimbo, that can see Russia from her front door, is no brighter.

    Too bad our economy is the crapper because of bad Republican leadership.

    Posted by: chadnnocal | Sep 17, 2008 2:42:11 PM

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