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Old October 5th, 2008, 09:29 PM   #101
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Also, what do you not like about this?

Obama could open early Iran nuclear talks: adviser
2008-08-28 22:55:49

By Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama could open talks with Iran on its nuclear program early next year if he wins the White House, one of his senior foreign policy advisers said on Thursday.

Former U.S. national security adviser Tony Lake suggested Washington needed to give Tehran a sharper choice between the consequences of continuing its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons and the benefits of giving it up.

The Bush administration accuses Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons and has sought to persuade Iran to give up its sensitive nuclear work through a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and sanctions.

Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons, saying that its uranium enrichment program is to generate electricity.

After refusing to talk directly to Iran on the nuclear issue unless it first suspending uranium enrichment, Bush in July changed policy and sent a top diplomat to join a meeting of major powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- with Iran.

Obama strongly backed that move. He has said that if elected he would pursue a policy of greater engagement aimed at persuading Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions but has not been specific about the timing.

The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany presented a new package of incentives to Tehran last month, offering to hold off on further sanctions if Iran froze expansion of its nuclear work. Iran has not accepted the offer. The United Nations Security Council has already passed three resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran.

Obama hopes the administration makes progress before Bush steps down in January, Lake said, but he believes the United States and its allies needed to devise tougher potential sanctions to increase its leverage over Tehran.

'PRESENT A CHOICE'

"He (Obama) is saying that as soon as he takes office that we have to have a very serious set of negotiations with the Iranians in which we in effect present them with a choice," Lake said in a panel on the sidelines of the Democratic convention in Denver, broadcast by C-Span television.

The United States needed to make clear that there "will be consequences" to the pursuit of nuclear weapons, Lake said.

"We have to work with other nations now in increasing the leverage that we have for that negotiation and increasing the sanctions that could be placed on the Iranians," he said.

Speculation that the United States or Israel might resort to military action against Iran has rattled oil markets in recent months.

Lake said the United States needed to make clear to the Iranians they would benefit if they changed direction. "It is a course that will help them build up an economy that is showing considerable strain," he added.

"Everybody in this room should pray that they make that latter choice," he said. "This is an extremely important issue, an extremely serious issue and an extremely urgent issue.

"It could well lead to the worst crisis that we will see over the next five years because the development of an Iranian nuclear weapon will present a huge threat to the security of Israel, to others in the region, to the Europeans, including the Russians, and many others."
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Also, what do you not like about this?

Obama could open early Iran nuclear talks: adviser
2008-08-28 22:55:49

By Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama could open talks with Iran on its nuclear program early next year if he wins the White House, one of his senior foreign policy advisers said on Thursday.

Former U.S. national security adviser Tony Lake suggested Washington needed to give Tehran a sharper choice between the consequences of continuing its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons and the benefits of giving it up.

The Bush administration accuses Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons and has sought to persuade Iran to give up its sensitive nuclear work through a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and sanctions.

Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons, saying that its uranium enrichment program is to generate electricity.

After refusing to talk directly to Iran on the nuclear issue unless it first suspending uranium enrichment, Bush in July changed policy and sent a top diplomat to join a meeting of major powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- with Iran.

Obama strongly backed that move. He has said that if elected he would pursue a policy of greater engagement aimed at persuading Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions but has not been specific about the timing.

The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany presented a new package of incentives to Tehran last month, offering to hold off on further sanctions if Iran froze expansion of its nuclear work. Iran has not accepted the offer. The United Nations Security Council has already passed three resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran.

Obama hopes the administration makes progress before Bush steps down in January, Lake said, but he believes the United States and its allies needed to devise tougher potential sanctions to increase its leverage over Tehran.
'PRESENT A CHOICE'

"He (Obama) is saying that as soon as he takes office that we have to have a very serious set of negotiations with the Iranians in which we in effect present them with a choice," Lake said in a panel on the sidelines of the Democratic convention in Denver, broadcast by C-Span television.

The United States needed to make clear that there "will be consequences" to the pursuit of nuclear weapons, Lake said.

"We have to work with other nations now in increasing the leverage that we have for that negotiation and increasing the sanctions that could be placed on the Iranians," he said.

Speculation that the United States or Israel might resort to military action against Iran has rattled oil markets in recent months.

Lake said the United States needed to make clear to the Iranians they would benefit if they changed direction. "It is a course that will help them build up an economy that is showing considerable strain," he added.

"Everybody in this room should pray that they make that latter choice," he said. "This is an extremely important issue, an extremely serious issue and an extremely urgent issue.

"It could well lead to the worst crisis that we will see over the next five years because the development of an Iranian nuclear weapon will present a huge threat to the security of Israel, to others in the region, to the Europeans, including the Russians, and many others."

I don't like all the could be's, maybe this would happen, If, sounds like a bunch of nothing.
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People in Detroit wanted change, they voted for Kwame, think about it.........
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I say let iran do their nuclear research. infact we can just drop a couple on them and that should give them plenty of information to gather.
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People in Detroit wanted change, they voted for Kwame, think about it.........
Yeah not once, but twice
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The change we need is better choices not just the same old choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich! I don't think voting for someone else is wasting my vote. I think voting for the lesser of 2 evils is wasting my vote but if it is close here in Mi I will hold my nose and vote for McCain.
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the lesser of 2 evils McCain
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I don't like all the could be's, maybe this would happen, If, sounds like a bunch of nothing.
You can't say "This WILL happen" because in reality, nobody knows the future. Just like McCain said that the war in Iraq would be quick and we would be treated like liberators. Now he looks like an ass.

BTW, I think McCain was running out of ammo in the debate last night. He brought up some old stuff about Obama that has already been proven to be false.
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Looks like this poll had some changes after the debate last night ...if only this represented true America as it looks like 175 out of 227 people actually have patriotic feelings for America and the 52 will be at the head of the lynch mob when Obamas "Change" all but destroys the very fabric of America .

remember you 52 please do not throw your styrofoam latte cup in the street when you start chasing your "leader" to beat him senseless , that would not be good for the enviroment .
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Obama is full of empty words.
He's going to cut taxes and provide healthcare to the world.
wow.
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I dont believe much of what ANY politician tells the public. It's been a proven fact [especially the last 8 years ] that politicians will tell the general public whatever they think you want to hear, just to gain your vote.

Than, shortly after they get voted into office, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, and LOBBIEST are the real winners, not the VOTING PUBLIC.

I LOVE the USA, but I cant stand our Government.

Fuc em all-------I dont trust ANY of them!
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This site is actually quite helpful. Especially after a debate when they call each other liars every 5 min. I was looking for a site that would back-check what they were claiming and this is what I found.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-me.../barack-obama/
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-me...s/john-mccain/
do u want true facts then check their records... voting records. u cannot trust the media because they out a bias spin on it
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John McCain has missed 420 votes (64.1%) during the current Congress.
John McCain has voted with a majority of his Republican colleagues 88.1% of the time during the current Congress

Barack Obama has missed 303 votes (46.3%) during the current Congress
Barack Obama has voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues 96.0% of the time during the current Congress

What are you saying? Just that Obama sides with his side more?
No I am saying that, his votes are way left, so far left that his own party can't see him. He was the only dem that voted against, babies born alive protection act. How far left (wrong)can one be to kill innocent life
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Also, what do you not like about this?

Obama could open early Iran nuclear talks: adviser
2008-08-28 22:55:49

By Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama could open talks with Iran on its nuclear program early next year if he wins the White House, one of his senior foreign policy advisers said on Thursday.

Former U.S. national security adviser Tony Lake suggested Washington needed to give Tehran a sharper choice between the consequences of continuing its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons and the benefits of giving it up.

The Bush administration accuses Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons and has sought to persuade Iran to give up its sensitive nuclear work through a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and sanctions.

Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons, saying that its uranium enrichment program is to generate electricity.

After refusing to talk directly to Iran on the nuclear issue unless it first suspending uranium enrichment, Bush in July changed policy and sent a top diplomat to join a meeting of major powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- with Iran.

Obama strongly backed that move. He has said that if elected he would pursue a policy of greater engagement aimed at persuading Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions but has not been specific about the timing.

The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany presented a new package of incentives to Tehran last month, offering to hold off on further sanctions if Iran froze expansion of its nuclear work. Iran has not accepted the offer. The United Nations Security Council has already passed three resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran.

Obama hopes the administration makes progress before Bush steps down in January, Lake said, but he believes the United States and its allies needed to devise tougher potential sanctions to increase its leverage over Tehran.

'PRESENT A CHOICE'

"He (Obama) is saying that as soon as he takes office that we have to have a very serious set of negotiations with the Iranians in which we in effect present them with a choice," Lake said in a panel on the sidelines of the Democratic convention in Denver, broadcast by C-Span television.

The United States needed to make clear that there "will be consequences" to the pursuit of nuclear weapons, Lake said.

"We have to work with other nations now in increasing the leverage that we have for that negotiation and increasing the sanctions that could be placed on the Iranians," he said.

Speculation that the United States or Israel might resort to military action against Iran has rattled oil markets in recent months.

Lake said the United States needed to make clear to the Iranians they would benefit if they changed direction. "It is a course that will help them build up an economy that is showing considerable strain," he added.

"Everybody in this room should pray that they make that latter choice," he said. "This is an extremely important issue, an extremely serious issue and an extremely urgent issue.

"It could well lead to the worst crisis that we will see over the next five years because the development of an Iranian nuclear weapon will present a huge threat to the security of Israel, to others in the region, to the Europeans, including the Russians, and many others."
You cannot talk to terrorists they have their agenda and it is to convert us all to Islam or killl us PERIOD.
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I dont believe much of what ANY politician tells the public. It's been a proven fact [especially the last 8 years ] that politicians will tell the general public whatever they think you want to hear, just to gain your vote.

Than, shortly after they get voted into office, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, and LOBBIEST are the real winners, not the VOTING PUBLIC.

I LOVE the USA, but I cant stand our Government.

Fuc em all-------I dont trust ANY of them!
The last eight years.......The last eight years........

Really? Is that all you got? I guess the eight years before that were perfect, or that the last eight years would have been better under Gore. Pull your heads out of your asses. Bush isn't running, but if he was, I'd take him for eight more over Obama.

PS this isn't an attack on the person I quoted. It's aimed at all the Obama blowing, Bush haters.
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My comment was directed towards POLITICIANS in general and not just the last 8 years either, however, as time goes on, it does appear to get worse with each passing year...It dont matter if its at the City, State or Government level, most all Politicians do not have the best interest of the VOTING public as their main agenda's because they are bought off by special Interest Groups and Lobbiest. In most cases, the public gets the shaft in the end. They are pretty much all liers.

George Bush again?
You've got to be kidding me. I voted for him the last time and have regreted every second of it..The USA is in the worst economic shape since the Great Depression and Ole George and his boys had alot to do with it.
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Looks like this poll had some changes after the debate last night ...if only this represented true America as it looks like 175 out of 227 people actually have patriotic feelings for America and the 52 will be at the head of the lynch mob when Obamas "Change" all but destroys the very fabric of America .

remember you 52 please do not throw your styrofoam latte cup in the street when you start chasing your "leader" to beat him senseless , that would not be good for the enviroment .
Name a couple of specific things that you don't like about Obama's plans and why you don't like them.
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You can't say "This WILL happen" because in reality, nobody knows the future. Just like McCain said that the war in Iraq would be quick and we would be treated like liberators. Now he looks like an ass.

BTW, I think McCain was running out of ammo in the debate last night. He brought up some old stuff about Obama that has already been proven to be false.
I don't know the future, so lets look at the recent past:

. MICHAEL SHARMAN
Published: October 6, 2008
The non-partisan National Journal scores senators each year on the totality of their economic, defense and foreign policy votes to rate how “liberal” they are.
Sen. Barack Obama has the highest score of all of the 100 senators. 1
Joe Biden is the eighth-highest scorer.
To put it in perspective, both Obama and Biden scored far higher than the only self-described Socialist in the Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had the 12th- highest score. 2

On practically every issue, Obama and Biden have political objectives that are radical and repugnant to most Americans.

Obama voted against a bill that would permit juries to consider the death penalty for gang members who murder to advance the gang’s interest. 3
Both Obama and Biden have voted against making English our official language. 4

At a campaign event in Georgia, Obama told the crowd that “instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English — they’ll learn English — you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.” 5

Many people think some gun control is appropriate, but Obama believes in total gun control: He doesn’t think you should own a gun at all.
When a questionnaire from the Independent Voters of Illinois asked Obama if he would “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns,” he responded “yes.”

Obama told John Lott Jr., a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, “I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns.” 6
As to same-sex marriages, Biden said during the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate: “Look, in an Obama-Biden administration, there will be absolutely no distinction from a constitutional standpoint or a legal standpoint between a same-sex and a heterosexual couple.

“We do support making sure that committed couples in a same-sex marriage are guaranteed the same constitutional benefits as it relates to their property rights, their rights of visitation, their rights to insurance, their rights of ownership as heterosexual couples do.” 7

And Obama published a letter on his Web site earlier this year, stating: “I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — a position I have held since before arriving in the U.S. Senate.
“While some say we should repeal only part of the law, I believe we should get rid of that statute altogether.
“Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does. I have also called for us to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and I have worked to improve the Uniting American Families Act so we can afford same-sex couples the same rights and obligations as married couples in our immigration system.” 8

Sen. Obama’s repeal of DOMA would strip away the states’ ability to choose whether or not to recognize same-sex marriage ceremonies held in another state.
His repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would take away the military’s ability to consider the impact a person’s homosexual status or activities has on their military service.
And his last suggestion would grant even a temporary immigrant in the U.S. the ability to bring in their homosexual partner under the “Family Unity Program.” 9

When he was in the Illinois State Senate, Obama voted against the “Induced Infant Liability Act” requiring medical care for babies who survive an abortion. The bill came up twice in the Judiciary Committee on which he served. CBS News reported Obama voted “present” in 2001 and “no” in 2002. 10

Why would Obama not allow abortion survivors to be given medical attention?
This is what he said during the Illinois State Senate debate in March 2001: “It would essentially bar abortions because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child and if this was a child then this would be an anti-abortion statute.” 11

If only they knew, the vast majority of Americans would consider Obama and Biden far too radical for their tastes.

J. Michael Sharman is an independent columnist who practices law in Culpeper. His column appears Tuesdays in the Star-Exponent.

1 “Vote Ratings - Rating Their Records” The National Journal, Feb. 2, 2008 http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmag...=nj_20080202_8
2 http://www.votesmart.org/issue_ratin...52&sort=rating
3 “Obama Record May Be Gold Mine For Critics: Eight Years As State Senator Were Full Of Controversial Votes, Including Abortion And Gun Control”, CBS News,
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n2369157.shtml
4
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LI...n=1&vote=00198
5 “Obama: ‘You Need To Make Sure Your Child Can Speak Spanish’” http://election.newsmax.com/obama_spanish.html
6 Lott, John R. “Obama and Guns: Two Different Views” http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,347690,00.html
7 Transcript: The Vice-Presidential Debate, October 2, 2008, The New York Times website, http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/pr...al-debate.html
8 “Equality is a Moral Imperative” Obama Biden website, posted Feb 28th, 2008 http://my.barackobama.com/page/commu...xokrent/gGggJS
9 http://www.uscis.gov/propub/ProPubVA...e1f90ed4168b40
10 “Obama Record May Be Gold Mine For Critics: Eight Years As State Senator Were Full Of Controversial Votes, Including Abortion And Gun Control”, CBS News,
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n2369157.shtml
and Carpenter, Amanda “Obama More Pro-Choice Than NARAL” Human Events, 12/26/2006
http://www.humanevents.com/article.p...8647#continueA
11 “Obama Record May Be Gold Mine For Critics: Eight Years As State Senator Were Full Of Controversial Votes, Including Abortion And Gun Control”, CBS News,
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n2369157.shtml
and Carpenter, Amanda “Obama More Pro-Choice Than NARAL” Human Events, 12/26/2006
http://www.humanevents.com/article.p...8647#continueA
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1. Immigration – He’s not just pro-open borders, he’s Senor Amnesty – co-sponsor of McCain-Kennedy, which would have legalized 15 million illegal aliens, allowed them to bring in tens of millions of their mooching relatives (including the elderly and infirm), given them credit for past Social Security contributions, etc. The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector said McCain-Kennedy would have constituted the largest expansion of the welfare state in U.S. history (at an estimated cost of $2.6 trillion). A Republican who served with McNasty in the Senate said he was forever haranguing his GOP colleagues about being perceived as “xenophobes” for not supporting amnesty. At CPAC, he told conservatives he’s heard us. He’ll secure the borders first, then push amnesty – which, of course, will negate anything he does at the border. Build it (a suicidal welfare state that embraces alien intruders), and a fence won’t keep them out.

2. Multiculturalism – If his advocacy of open borders wasn’t enough, McCain has also opposed official English and supported bi-lingual education (two more issues where he’s out-of-step with the overwhelming majority of his countrymen). McCain even voted for an amendment that would have codified Clinton’s Executive Order 13166, requiring recipients of federal funding, like hospitals, to provide translation services in any language requested. (When it comes to pandering, cost is no object.) No wonder he’s a hero to LULAC (the separatist League of United Latin American Citizens), Geraldo Rivera and Juan Hernandez (his Hispanic outreach director, who says he’d like 7th. generation Mexican-Americans to think of themselves as Mexicans first). Look for President McCain to make Cinco de Mayo a national holiday, give his inaugural address in Arabic and light an annual Kwanza whatever on the White House lawn.

3. Enviro-Marxism – McCain’s supporters think he’s just the man to lead America in the War on Terrorism. What’s the principal weapon of terrorist states? Oil. What does McCain want to keep America from producing more of? Oil. In 2003, McCain was one of only 6 Republican senators to vote against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. For McCain, keeping America dependent on Middle Eastern oil is a small price to pay to make the caribou comfortable. He’s also the proud co-sponsor of McCain-Lieberman – a $660 billion monument to the myth of man-made global warming (an industry-killing cap on CO2 emissions), which would annihilate tens of thousands of American jobs and make us far less competitive. By what twisted logic does open borders, crippling U.S. industry and energy dependence equal national security?

4. Class Warfare – In the recent debate at the Reagan Library, McCain called Romney a “manager for profits” (would he prefer a businessman who managed for losses?) who has “laid people off” – thus demonstrating how little the Senator understands the market economy. Jobs aren’t permanent -- except for those who’ve served in the Senate for 21 years -- and sometimes they have to disappear so others can be created. In 2001, McCain was one of only two Republican Senators to vote against the Bush tax cuts. In 2003, he was one of only three. Now, he says it’s because there weren’t matching spending cuts. Then he called them “tax cuts for the rich.” This comes from a man who never held a private-sector job and made his money the old-fashioned way – by marrying an heiress whose father subsidized his early campaigns.

5. Abortion – McCain’s vaunted pro-life voting record reflects the views of his Arizona constituents more than any real commitment. He supports subsidies for embryonic stem-cell research. In 2000, he told the San Francisco Examiner that “certainly in the short term, even in the long-term I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade.” (He later reversed himself under pro-life pressure.) Most critics view McCain-Feingold as an assault on the First Amendment, which it certainly is. It’s also one of the most destructive anti-life measures ever enacted by Congress. Under this so-called Campaign Finance Reform, a pro-life group can’t run ads criticizing the record of a pro-abortion legislator within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary. Needless to say, there’s no similar gag-rule for McCain’s buddies in the mainstream media. Elsewhere on the family-values front, McCain voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. He says it’s because he wants states to decide the definition of marriage (the only instance in which he’s on record favoring federalism), which is the same as saying he wants activist judges to decide.

6. Judicial Nominations – Though McCain denies it, columnist Robert Novak swears the frontrunner told him prior to confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito that the nominee was too conservative, and that he preferred those who “didn’t wear their conservatism on their sleeve” (like Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy?). McCain was also part of the Gang of 14 which prevented a rules change that would have stopped unconstitutional filibusters on judicial nominations. Former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman was responsible for the Supreme Court nomination of David Souter -- the most disastrous Republican appointment since Earl Warren. (The play was Rudman to then-Chief of Staff John Sununu to Bush Sr.) Rudman has a prominent role in McCain’s campaign. Rudman could be President McCain’s Attorney General, giving him more say on judicial nominations than anyone other than the president. In his 1996 book, Rudman wrote that Christian conservatives include in their ranks “enough anti-abortion zealots, would-be censors, homophobes, bigots and latter-day Elmer Gantrys to discredit any party that is unwise enough” to align itself with them. With Warren Rudman at his side, it’s anyone’s guess whether McCain’s Supreme Court picks would be appreciably better than Clinton’s or Obama’s.

7. War on Terrorism – We’ve already noted McCain’s support for energy dependence and his crusade for open borders. (Besides all of the rapists, drug-dealers and gang members coming across our Southern border, terrorists are also infiltrating the United States due to the de facto surrender of national sovereignty.) McCain wants to close Guantanamo and give terrorists the same rights as enemy combatants. He opposes tough interrogation techniques that leave no scars, but have elicited the intelligence that has saved American lives. (Personally, I’d use thumbscrews and the iron maiden on this scum.) A McCain anti-terrorism policy is more likely to be shaped by his friends at the ACLU and The New York Times than by the Center for Security Policy.

8. McPsycho – McCain is famous for going postal on his Republican colleagues -- dropping the F-word, calling them f---ing idiots and worse. His dangerous inability to control his temper comes from a God-complex and an ingrained contempt for other human beings. One of his colleagues commented, “I don’t want this guy anywhere near a trigger.” Given his mental state, McCain could end up nuking Terre Haute instead of Tehran.

9. Reaching Across the Aisle – This is media-speak for a Republican sell-out who conspires with the left. McCain doesn’t reach across the aisle – he leaps. Former Senator Rick Santorum discloses: “The bottom line is that I served 12 years with him (McCain), 6 years in the United States Senate as a leader, one of the leaders of the Senate – the number-3 leader – who had the responsibility of trying to put together the conservative agenda, and at almost every turn on domestic policy, John McCain was not only against us, but leading the charge on the other side.” Republican presidents who are unsure of themselves too often try to placate the other party. For McCain, working with the left is his natural inclination. He’ll turn to the Kennedys, Feingolds and Liebermans not as a last resort, but as a first.

10. Rally or Roll-Over -- If a Democrat takes the oath of office next January, Congressional Republicans will find their principles again. From 1993 to 1995, without a majority in either House, Republicans fought Bill Clinton to a legislative standstill. They went on to win the House and Senate in the 1994 election -- for the first time in 40 years – and to hold both for a decade. If McCain is elected, it will be roll-over time for Congressional Republicans – on taxes, regulation, environmentalism, speech-suppression, internationalism, multiculturalism, civil liberties for terrorists and open-borders. (When it comes to arm-twisting, Captain Queeg would make Bush look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.) This time, instead of losing power for a few years, the party could be permanently discredited.

Ultimately, all of this is academic. McCain’s chances of becoming the next president are none – and none. Since 1964, Republicans have won 7 of 10 presidential elections. They lost in 1976, 1992 and 1996. Each time, the party was saddled with a standard-bearer – Ford, Bush ’41, Dole – that a large part of the base couldn’t stand.

The American people are basically conservative. At some point, the Democrats always give away the game – expose themselves as the party of socialism, pacifism, racial-pandering and treason. They only win when Republicans sound an uncertain trumpet. McCain is a kazoo played by an asthmatic.

McCain is also old, abrasive and unlovable. (It was said of Bob Dole, another war hero, that he couldn’t sell beer on a troop ship. McCain couldn’t give it away.) Once the Democrats pick their nominee, McCain’s media cheerleaders will pack up their pompoms and move to the other side of the field.

President Bush – he of “compassionate conservatism,” mega-spending hikes and Hamas statehood– has just announced that John McCain is a “true conservative.”
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