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April 02, 2006

Tim Russert, Media Bullpup

by Nicholas Beaudrot of Electoral Math

Shakes is right. It's nice to see the press point out that John McCain has morphed into Just Another Politician, selling his independence down the river for a shot at the Republican nomination.

But frankly, tying McCain to Jerry Falwell is small potatoes. Here are some questions that might help Russert and his pals think bigger during their next interview:

  1. What is your opinion on ethanol tax credits?
  2. Should Bob Jones University be allowed to keep its ban on interracial dating?
  3. Should South Carolina be allowed to fly the Confederate Battle Flag atop the state capitol?
  4. Will you meet with the Log Cabin Republicans in 2008?
  5. Balancing the budget would require either raising taxes, or making massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Since you've spoken out on the deficit so often, and yet you still want to increase the size of our standing Army, can you tell us whether you'd rather slash Medicare funding by 80% or raise taxes?

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Remember John McCain's "straight talk express"? At 67 [in 2004], John McCain almost certainly will never be president.

In Feb. 2000, CNN said: McCain's candor and lack of wariness has been known to leave reporters speechless.
Halfway through his third hamburger, the conversation turned toward foreign policy and national security issues, topics of discussion that McCain clearly prefers over issues such as abortion or homosexuality.
Thursday, his four-bus convoy hit the road with the candidate beaming with confidence after the latest polls showed him in a statistical dead heat with Texas Gov. George W. Bush for Saturday's crucial Palmetto [SC] State primary.

"I don't see how we can be stopped," said McCain, predicting that a win in the open primary would be the beginning of the end for the Bush campaign. He said that independents and Democrats would flock to his campaign for a general election coalition -- which, if it comes about, will give McCain many months to ride his campaign bus toward a possible presidency.

McCain won't be Rove'd again. And, as he said today on MTP, he's looking forward, holding no recriminations about the past (including the slimeing of his child in the SC primary by BushCo).

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 2, 2006 7:40:36 PM

"Arizona has an initiative on the ballot this November to raise the state minimum wage. Do you support or oppose this initiative?"

I've expressed the view before that the minimum wage is McCain's achilles heel.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Apr 2, 2006 7:52:53 PM

Er- Bob Jones University doesn't have a ban on interracial anymore...

Posted by: Jacob | Apr 2, 2006 7:53:44 PM

I like the minimum wage one. There should be something about Iraq in there too, along with more specificity re balancing the budget.

Posted by: Rebecca Allen,PhD,ARNP | Apr 2, 2006 8:08:17 PM

Is the Bob Jones question supposed to be in the context of tax law? Or federal university funding? Or what? The big question is, how badly do we punish people who want to keep up their racism? Not that it really matters for the purpose of the question -- let McCain make the distinctions on Sunday morning talk if he wants to.

Posted by: Christopher M | Apr 3, 2006 12:37:38 AM

As someone pointed out, Bob Jones no longer has this policy. But of course, it didn't end it until after George W. Bush made an appearance there campaigning for the South Carolina primary.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Apr 3, 2006 2:25:01 AM

Don't like it? Get your congress to pass a law against it. Oh, you say it's a constitutionally protected right? So, is it fuck constitutional rights if you don't like them?

Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 3, 2006 8:59:15 AM

I'm sorry, Fred, were you just paraphrasing the Republican argument against abortion and gay marriage? A bit off-topic, aren't you?

Posted by: Iron Lungfish | Apr 3, 2006 10:06:50 AM

Abortion is currently seen by the courts as a constitutionally protected right, and I will defend that right. I will call for prison for anyone who attempts to unlawfully abridge what the court has decreed. Until things change if ever, I will fight for your right to have an abortion within the limits of the courts.

We are a nation of laws.

That being said, queers have no 'right' articulated anywhere by any court to enjoy the fruits (no pun intended) of marriage, except in Mass and that is reserved only for those who are citizens and not for those from foreign states. Until things change, I will honor that state's opinion of their laws. I will also honor the laws of other state courts who must follow their laws as well.

And that is what makes me better, yes BETTER than you. I know that I may not get my way if mine is a minority opinion. You, on the other hand, laud the law when it's convenient for you to do so and when it's not then the law sux.

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