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  • Bill Kristol Still Hoping for Jeremiah Wright Redux

    Hawkish New York Times neo-con Bill Kristol frequently gets accused of being stuck in the 1980's. Turns out, he's made it all the way up to this year's primary season.

    Kristol weighs in today with a solution for John McCain's current campaign woes, and it reeks of mid-April: Bring back Jeremiah Wright

    The McCain campaign might consider responding by calling attention to Chapter 14 of Obama's eloquent memoir, "Dreams From My Father." There Obama quotes from the brochure of Reverend Wright's church — a passage entitled "A Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness."

    Considering that Kristol got his op-ed column through The New York Times' own version of affirmative action, he should have second thoughts about playing the race card in this election.

    Besides, if we're re-introducing the skeezy reverend quotient to the campaign, Barack Obama could always remind voters of McCain supporter Pastor John Hagee, who committed an act far more shameful than anything Jeremiah Wright did…

    He sponsored a conference headlined by Joe Lieberman.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, John McCain, New York Times, William Kristol
  • Mark Penn on How Not to Run a Campaign

    Unsure of who wrote the playbook for John McCain's increasingly negative campaign against Barack Obama? Well have you considered former Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn?

    According to the upcoming issue of The Atlantic, Penn was pushing Clinton as far back as March 2007 to raise public doubts on Obama's "roots to basic American values and culture." Regarding Obama's virtues as a multicultural candidate, Penn opined, "Save it for 2050," adding…

    "I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values."

    Sounds like Penn had been receiving e-mails intended for somebody's Jewish grandmother in South Florida. Or maybe he was the one sending them. Who knows.

    And what's more American than stirring up racial tensions?

    "If you believe that serious issues need to be raised then we have to raise them without continual hesitation and we should be pushing the envelope. Won't a single tape of [the Reverend Jeremiah] Wright going off on America with Obama sitting there be a game ender?

    "Many people… believe under the surface that 20 years sitting there with Goddamn America would make him unelectable by itself."

    It might very well have been a "game ender," but such a tape never showed up.

    However, having no strategy past New Hampshire, blowing through money like MC Hammer and openly courting the George Wallace wing of the Democratic Party seemed to do the trick quite nicely.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jeremiah Wright, Mark Penn, The Atlantic
  • John McCain Voids John Hagee from the Bowels of His Campaign

    Years from now, people will look back on the 2008 presidential election and say, "Wasn't that the one in which the candidates spent all time debating important issues of foreign policy and the finer points of economic stimuli?"

    And then other people will say, "No. I don't know which election you're talking about. 2008 was the one with all the wacky preachers."

    In the face of mounting controversy over headline-grabbing statements from Pastor John Hagee, CNN has learned presumptive Republican nominee John McCain has decided to reject his endorsement…

    "Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them. I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee's endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well," McCain said in a statement to CNN Thursday.

    Repudiate and reject. Check? But does he renounce, deny, disacknowledge, disavow, disclaim and disown them?

    Okay, this is actually kind of nice. Now McCain and Barack Obama have some common ground on which they can build a mutually respectful, intelligent and nuanced conversation about valid issues like–

    He added that his relationship with Hagee did not compare with Obama's lengthy association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. "I have said I do not believe Senator Obama shares Reverend Wright's extreme views. But let me also be clear, Reverend Hagee was not and is not my pastor or spiritual advisor, and I did not attend his church for twenty years. I have denounced statements he made immediately upon learning of them, as I do again today," said McCain.

    What was I saying? Nevermind.

    Say, what's that wacky preacher have to say about all this?

    In a statement released before McCain rejected his endorsement, Hagee said his words had been taken out of context. "The intentional mischaracterization of my statements by an Internet journalist seeking to use me as a political football in the upcoming presidential race is a gross example of bias at its worst. I will not stand idly by while my character is assassinated and my views on the Holocaust are grossly distorted."

    Yes! God damn America! God damn America for doing that to such a fine man.

    McCain decided to go ahead and rejects the endorsement of that "Islam is an anti-Christ religion" wacky preacher guy, for good measure.

    Maybe this is all a good thing. Maybe this is all helping to finally separate church and state; it's just becoming a hazard for politicians to accept endorsements from religious leaders. And I don't see religious leaders stopping saying idiotic things that offend somebody or other anytime soon. If they did, they wouldn't be religious leaders.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, John Hagee, John McCain
  • Hitler is Just Alright With John Hagee

    If you haven't yet heard about Barack Obama's little "Jewish problem," all you really need to know is that, if he were elected president, he would be a terrible, terrible person for the Jews.

    Not like that nice man, Adolf Hitler, who did God's will by forcing those lazy Jewish people into getting off their butts and moving to Jerusalem.

    Wait a minute! Why did I just write something so disgustingly horrible, wrong-headed and patently ridiculous?!

    Oh, I know why. Because I have to write about American politics, and therefore it's my job to write about the ridiculous things that people like John Hagee — senior pastor of Texas' Cornerstone Church, not to mention good friend and supporter of John McCain — say.

    I hate my job

    Going in and out of biblical verse, Hagee preached: "'And they the hunters should hunt them,' that will be the Jews. 'From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.' If that doesn't describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can't see that"…

    And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel."

    So, God sent down the angel Adolphael to give his chosen people a subtle little nudge toward the Promised Land, huh?

    Where to start? Oh, how about here: Fuck you!

    That said, this guy is clearly an asshole, but that doesn't make John McCain an asshole by extension, just as Jeremiah Wright's asshole-ness doesn't make Barack Obama an asshole.

    John McCain and Barack Obama are perfectly capable of being assholes all on their own, thank you very much.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, John Hagee, John McCain
  • Barack Obama is a Long Legged Pimp

    Well, I think we all suspected that Barack Hussein Obama, Jeremiah Wright and "the whore girl" Oprah Winfrey — aka, The Trinity of Hell — are closet homosexuals. I mean, it's kind of obvious if you just think about it for a thousand hours in a cold, damp room while slamming your head against the concrete floor.

    But what really shocked me about this completely not insane person's stilted diatribe was the revelation that Barack Hussein Obama is "a long legged pimp."

    Thus sayeth the Lord, sayeth the Honorable James David Manning


    Tags: Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, Oprah Winfrey