Another McCain cartoon from the USA

Cartoon on McCain, by Mikhaela

Another McCain cartoon from the USA; from Mikhaela.

McCain and Christian Right anti-Semite Hagee: here. And here. See also here.

McCain and torture: here.

McCain against science about bears: here.

McCain’s long and ugly record on women: here.

7 thoughts on “Another McCain cartoon from the USA

  1. Dear activists, friends, and colleagues,
    Since the traditional media has obsessively focused on McCain’s alleged liaison with Vicki Iseman and smearing The NY Times, we felt compelled to take action. Jason, Phillip, and Dallas raced to the editing room, turned off the phones, locked the door, and focused on the real issue about McCain’s lobbyist ties.

    It’s not a pretty picture. But here’s our chance to get the truth out there for everyone to see.

    With inspiration from the insightful blogs of FireDogLake’s Jane Hamsher, Christy Hardin Smith, and Marcy Wheeler, we found footage and music to show the story not being told.
    John McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, and yet he said “I’m the only one the special interests don’t give any money to.”

    Sign the petition demanding McCain return the millions of dollars raised by lobbyists.

    We use humor, we use pop culture, we use McCain’s insistent use of the word “friends!” We hope you will send it along to your friends, foes, and media outlets.

    Robert Greenwald
    and the crew at Brave New Films

    P.S. Jonathan has vowed to stay in the editing room for as long as it takes to create Fox Attacks Obama, part 2. Showing the merciless and obscene non-stop attacks from Murdoch and Co.

    Want to send a message to Murdoch? Send in $100 to help us make the video, and we’ll include your name and message right in the video itself.

    The first installment of Fox Attacks Obama got over 1 million views! Let’s continue to get our message across.


  2. 1.
    McCain Welcomes Support from Extremist Preacher Hagee
    Posted by: “bigraccoon”

    Sat Mar 1, 2008 10:12 am (PST)

    Hard-line conservative Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians
    United for Israel, endorsed John McCain. Hagee said that McCain
    “is a man of principle, [who] does not stand boldly on both
    sides of any issue.” McCain, who had been courting the
    endorsement for over a year, said that he was “very honored by
    Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement.” McCain’s acceptance of Hagee’s
    endorsement was condemned today by conservative William Donohue,
    president of the Catholic League. Calling Hagee a “bigot,”
    Donahue said the right-wing pastor has waged “an unrelenting war
    against the Catholic Church” by “calling it ‘The Great Whore,’
    an ‘apostate church,’ the ‘anti-Christ,’ and a ‘false cult

    Hagee holds many other radical beliefs. In a 2006 address to
    CUFI, Hagee declared: “The United States must join Israel in a
    pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan
    for both Israel and the West” a biblically prophesied end-time
    confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture,
    Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.

    Speaking to the 2007 AIPAC conference, Hagee compared supporters
    of a two-state solution in the Middle East to Nazis. Hagee also
    echoed right-wing Israeli politician Binyamin Netanyahu, telling
    the audience that “Iran is Germany and Ahmadinejad is the new

    Posted by: “lilgeorgiehas2go” lilgeorgiehas2go
    Sat Mar 1, 2008 10:13 am (PST)
    McCain IRANMOBILE “Launches” This Saturday In Columbus!

    With John McCain’s memorable but impactful campaign gaffe fresh in
    the minds of Ohio voters, True Majority along with partner will launch the IRANMOBILE Saturday March 1, 2008 in
    Columbus Ohio.

    McCain, to highlight previous statements about Iran, had a memorable
    gaffe singing “Bomb, bomb, bomb – bomb, bomb Iran” to the tune of the
    Beach Boys hit last April.

    “What is troubling is that John McCain’s attitude toward this
    conflict is eerily similar to talk that began before the war in Iraq.
    Weapons of Mass Destruction seem to be replaced with nuclear threats
    that have been unsubstantiated,” said Brian Rothenberg of

    “The Invasion of Iraq opened the floodgates for Al Qaeda in Iraq and
    what Sen. McCain says will be 100-years of American soldiers in a
    foreign land.”

    The IRANMOBILE will kick off in Columbus, Ohio this Saturday with the
    following schedule:

    Stop 1: 4-5 PM preceding the 5 PM WVKO Progressive Radio event with
    radio personality Stephanie Miller. The Makoy Center, 5462 Center
    St., Hilliard, OH 43026

    Stop 2: 7 PM-11 PM at the Gallery Hop in the Short North, Columbus,

    We already know that a majority of Americans are against attacking
    Iran and starting ANOTHER war. But the right-wing spin machine is
    doing everything to drown out our voices.

    It’s time we make the majority opinion heard.

    One way to do that is to get as many names on this petition as

    Add your name to the petition so we can show that people in every
    city and town of America feel this way.


  3. Posted by: “bigraccoon”
    Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:07 am (PST)

    McCain Ignores Housing SOS

    Feb. 27, 2008

    John McCain’s “do-nothing” policy for the nation’s housing and foreclosure crisis drew fire from Ohio activists at two recent campaign stops. The Buckeye State saw an 88 percent rise in foreclosures in 2007. The likely Republican nominee for president, while in Ohio, offered platitudes and rhetoric, but no plan. Says Doug Sizemore, executive secretary-treasurer of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, “It is hard to believe that a presidential candidate would come to Ohio without a plan to address the home foreclosure crisis that is devastating working families.” He did.


  4. McCain Channels His Inner Hillary

    Whatever John McCain’s sporadic overlap with liberals, he is emulating almost identically the suicidal Clinton campaign against Barack Obama.

    By Frank Rich
    The New York Times
    March 2, 2008

    Before they were sidetracked into a new war against The New York Times, the Rush Limbaugh posse had it right about John McCain. He is a double agent. Some Democrats do admire and like him. So does Jon Stewart, and so do many liberal editorial boards and card-carrying hacks in the mainstream American press. So, in fact, do many at The Times, including myself. As long as I don’t look too hard at the fine print.

    You’ve got to love a guy who said a few years ago that he regretted likening Mr. Limbaugh to “a circus clown” because of all the complaints from circus clowns insulted by the comparison. “I would like to extend my apologies to Bozo, Chuckles and Krusty,” Senator McCain told a rather startled Neil Cavuto of Fox News.

    What’s more, Ann Coulter and Tom DeLay aren’t entirely wrong when they bluster that a vote for Mr. McCain amounts to a vote for Hillary Clinton (or, for that matter, Barack Obama). The Arizona senator’s otherwise conservative record is closer to the Democrats on immigration, campaign-finance reform, stem-cell research, global warming, oil drilling in Alaska, waterboarding, Gitmo and, until a recent flip-flop, the Bush tax cuts. In The New Republic, Jonathan Chait concluded that Mr. McCain’s Senate votes made him “the most effective advocate of the Democratic agenda in Washington” during the first Bush term.

    All of which should make Democrats more nervous than the clowns of the hard right. Might Mr. McCain so blur distinctions that he could grab enough independents to triumph? He won even among antiwar and anti-Bush voters in New Hampshire. A Mason-Dixon poll last week found Mr. McCain beating either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton in must-win Florida.

    The good news for the Democrats so far is that whatever Mr. McCain’s sporadic overlap with liberals, he is emulating almost identically the suicidal Clinton campaign against Mr. Obama. He has mimicked Mrs. Clinton’s message and rhetorical style, her tone-deaf contempt for Mr. Obama’s cultural appeal, and her complete misreading of just how politically radioactive the war in Iraq remains despite its migration from the front page.

    Like his prototype, Mr. McCain trumpets his long years of experience to an electorate that currently associates experience with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. He further channels Mrs. Clinton by belittling Mr. Obama’s oratory as an “eloquent but empty call for change” — a tact that calls attention to how flat and uninspiring his own speeches can be. (Again like Mrs. Clinton, Mr. McCain is at his best in small groups and town-hall meetings.)

    He also likes to counter hope with gloom — as if he wants to put Armageddon, rather than a chicken, in every pot. But after seven years of doom, Americans are as hungry for optimism as they were for Reagan’s “Morning in America” after Carter’s malaise. As Rudy Giuliani learned the hard way, the political potency of 9/11 has gone the way of John Ashcroft and color-coded terror alerts.

    Most luckily for Democrats, Mr. McCain is in even greater denial than Mrs. Clinton about Iraq. On Monday he cited a USA Today/Gallup poll to assert that “the majority of Americans believe the surge is succeeding.” In fact, that poll found that only 43 percent of Americans see an upturn in Iraq. Let’s posit that many or even most voters do believe (correctly) that the surge has improved security. Even so, the political needle hasn’t budged. The same Gallup poll found that a somewhat higher-than-usual 60 percent of Americans still call the war “a mistake,” as a majority has since the summer of 2005. For a year now, a majority has also favored a timetable for removing troops, no matter what happens on the ground.

    Though Mr. McCain maintains that Republicans were routed in the 2006 midterms because of Congressional overspending and corruption, that’s wishful thinking. With all due respect to Mark Foley, Jack Abramoff and the bridge to nowhere, that election was mostly a repudiation of a war that was as unpopular then as it is on the eve of its fifth anniversary in 2008.

    That’s why Mr. McCain was already on the defensive in his early skirmishes with Mr. Obama last week, after Mr. Obama dared point out that Al Qaeda was not in Iraq prior to the American invasion. Mr. McCain was reduced to arguing that such annoying little details are out of bounds because they belong to “the past.”

    You can’t blame Mr. McCain for trying. His role back then in enabling the fiasco was far more active than Mrs. Clinton’s, and it’s far more visible on videotape. He didn’t just vote to authorize the war; in response to a question from Tim Russert in September 2002, he lent his military credibility to the administration’s undermanned war plan. When Gen. Eric Shinseki, the Army chief of staff, challenged that strategy in a February 2003 Senate hearing by calling for “several hundred thousand soldiers,” Mr. McCain did not speak up in support. That month he went on “Hannity & Colmes” to say that the war “will be brief,” that post-Saddam Iraq is “going to be paid for by the Iraqis,” and that America will “send a message” from Syria to Saudi Arabia that “democracy can take hold in the Middle East.”

    The one part of his Iraq past that Mr. McCain does want us to recall now is his subsequent criticism of the war’s execution. But contrary to his current claims, he never publicly demanded Mr. Rumsfeld’s head. And when Mr. McCain did call for more troops in Iraq, he was again in sync with Democrats like Joe Biden, with whom he made that case on “Meet the Press” in August 2003.

    Rather than dwell on this ancient history, Mr. McCain said last week, we should talk about “what we are going to do now.” But his answer to “what we are going to do now” in Iraq is merely more of what he did then.

    If, as he says, the surge is “succeeding,” voters may well join the Democratic ticket (possibly including the Vietnam War hero Jim Webb?) in asking why we’ll still have some 140,000 troops on indefinite duty in Iraq as of this summer, a year and a half after this “temporary” escalation was announced. It will be a slam-dunk for Democrats to argue that it’s long past time for the Iraqis to stand up on a sensible timetable that will allow the Americans to stand down.

    It’s also possible, especially now that Iraq’s provincial elections have been abruptly scuttled by warring Shiite factions, that the surge will stop “succeeding” and Iraq will again erupt in sectarian violence. Then Mr. McCain will have to propose a new and larger surge — and explain how he’ll pay for it while the economy slumps and he extends the Bush tax cuts. Either way, he offers voters no tangible exit strategy beyond his constant refrain that the commander in chief should take his orders from Gen. David Petraeus.

    Since the mere mention of Iraq is dangerous to Mr. McCain’s and Mrs. Clinton’s claims about the exalted value of their experience, they have countered by trying to portray Mr. Obama as a foreign policy moron. They’ve even alighted on the identical bogus charge, accusing him of threatening to recklessly bomb our dear ally Pakistan. What Mr. Obama actually said last summer was that he would go after Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan’s mountains when there was actionable intelligence even if a recalcitrant President Musharraf refused to act.

    As with his early opposition to the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has proved to be prescient once more. His Pakistan stance anticipated both the latest Bush administration policy — the C.I.A. killed the senior Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi in just such a unilateral strike within Pakistan in late January — and Mr. McCain’s own campaign posture. When Mr. McCain promises to follow Osama bin Laden to “the gates of hell,” he too is vowing to go after Al Qaeda in Pakistan without restraint.

    In desperation to land some knockout punch, some McCain supporters, following the precedent of Clinton surrogates, are already invoking Mr. Obama’s race, middle name and tourist snapshot in Somali dress to smear his patriotism. The idea is to make him a Manchurian candidate, a closet anti-Semitic jihadist trained in a madrassa run by, say, Louis Farrakhan.

    What repeatedly goes unrecognized by all of Mr. Obama’s opponents is that his political Kryptonite is the patriotism he offers in lieu of theirs. His upbeat notion of a yes-we-can national mobilization for the common good, however saccharine, speaks to the pride and idealism of Americans who are bone-weary of a patriotism defined exclusively by flag lapel pins, the fear of terrorism and the prospect of perpetual war.

    A few more “macaca” moments for the nearly all-white G.O.P. could spell its doom. Recognizing the backlash that has followed the racially tinged smears leveled at Mr. Obama so far, Mr. McCain wasted no time in publicly scolding the right-wing radio talk-show host who railed against Barack Hussein Obama at one of his rallies last week. Or perhaps, as those of us who like Mr. McCain want to believe, he is simply a man of honor: he knows that history will judge him exactingly on how he runs against America’s first black or female presidential nominee, win or lose.


  5. Posted by: “bigraccoon” redwoodsaurus
    Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:01 am (PST)

    McCain’s 0% environmental voting record

    Two weeks ago John McCain was the only Senator to duck a crucial vote on the future of clean energy in America — dooming to failure the measure that would have helped make renewable energy more affordable and accessible. Now it turns out this missed vote is part of a pattern.

    Last week, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the 2007 National Environmental Scorecard giving Senator McCain a score of ZERO. According to the scorecard, McCain was the only member of Congress to skip all 15 crucial environmental votes scored by LCV.

    McCain’s LCV score exposes the real record behind the rhetoric — a lifetime LCV score of 24, a history of siding with the polluters and special interests, and a consistent pattern of ducking important environmental votes.

    Carl Pope
    Executive Director
    The Sierra Club


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