The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog has given Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama three Pinocchios (significant factual error and/or obvious contradiction) for his bogus claim that one of his uncles helped liberate the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. So not such a good day for him.
The GOP is trying to squeeze us much mileage as possible out of the gaffe, but meanwhile, McCain is busy trying to dodge photo-ops with the radioactive President Bush while under pressure from disability pensioners.
And somewhere in the middle of all the white noise, Hillary has simply vanished into thin air. Nobody’s listening anymore.
Obama’s Auschwitz gaffe. Barack Obama spoke about his grandfather and uncle’s WWII service in a Memorial Day speech over the weekend. The Republicans leapt on his claim that his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz – when in fact he’d helped liberate another camp, Buchenwald. But The Daily KOS asks, does the GOP really want to go there? “The Bush wagon that McCain’s campaign is irrevocably hitched to is nothing more than a long series of gaffes, many with dire consequences. Remember the “slam dunk intelligence” on Iraq? Those “sixteen words” in the State of the Union address? You know, the gaffe that our soldiers are still dying for today? Remember the time when McCain and Bush partied together in San Diego, sharing a birthday cake…..all while New Orleans was drowning? That was some blunder, indeed. — The Daily KOS
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Release the memoirs! There was a hint last November that Scott McClellan’s memoir was going to be unrelenting on George Bush, Karl Rove and the gang, but that was quickly dismissed as overhyped. The book is now on the verge of being released, and in fact was on sale over the weekend at D.C.-area bookstores. So Mike Allen picked up a copy, and the revelations appear to be as originally advertised.. — Political Animal Washington Monthly
Please MoveOn Hillary. The last 72 hours of this campaign, I believe, have given renewed meaning to the term “move on.” Ironically, that’s a term that first gripped the national imagination at a very different moment in the Clintons’ political history. It was in 1998, as rightwing forces converged on Bill Clinton, salivating about the possibility of impeaching a President for improprieties that, while grotesque, never rose to an impeachable offense, that the rules-changing internet operation MoveOn emerged on our national landscape. — The Nation
Engaging with our enemies. Increasingly, the Western world has attitudes rather than policies. It’s one thing to talk as a means to an end. But these days, for most midlevel powers, talks arethe end, talks without end. Because that’s what civilized nations like doing – chit-chatting, shooting the breeze, having tea and crumpets, talking talking talking. Uncivilized nations like torturing dissidents, killing civilians, bombing villages, doing doing doing. It’s easier to get the doers to pass themselves off as talkers then to get the talkers to rouse themselves to do anything. — Steyn Online
Fetishising the uniform Woodrow Wilson, one of the great war leaders of the last century, never served our country in uniform. Franklin D. Roosevelt, who, last I checked, did a pretty fair job during World War II, never served our country in uniform. Neither did Martin Van Buren or Grover Cleveland or Warren G. Harding or Calvin Coolidge or Herbert Hoover or William Howard Taft or Bill Clinton. As for McCain’s political hero, Ronald Reagan, he had an Army ranking – but he fought World War II on the Hollywood backlot. And, by a different measure: virtually none of the neoconservatives who plotted and launched the Iraq war served our country in uniform. Yet McCain still supports their handiwork. Putting aside the ahistorical underpinnings of McCain’s demagoguery, here’s the real problem: He seems to think that his status as a vet should immunize him from political criticism. — Philadelphia Inquirer
McCain and the disability activists. A few weeks ago, a group of 20 disabled ADAPT activists caused a bit of a ruckus and were arrested outside of McCain’s office. They wanted to meet with him about a bill that would amend the Social Security Act to allow people who are eligible for Medicaid coverage of nursing home costs to spend it instead on home-based or community care. They might have expected a better reception given the recent revelation that McCain received close to a $US60,000 “disability pension” from the Navy. — Poynter Online
McCain camp versus the NYT. The McCain campaign has some explaining to do if it lets five TV news outlets inspect McCain’s medical records but excludes the New York Times, writes Slate. “This looks like payback for the Times‘ February 21 story about McCain and the female lobbyist, which had him and his campaign spitting nails (and even outraged the Times public editor).” — Slate
The GOP’s new slogan. Inspired by the Republican Party’s decision to choose a slogan that was already being used to market an anti-depressant (Effexor – the change you deserve), the Huff Post asked its readers to suggest a new slogan for the Grand Old Party. How to choose between “Vote GOP. I Wasn’t Using My Civil Liberties Anyway” and “I Believe in Miracles”? — Huffington Post