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Romney depicts loose cannon McCain - updated

Less than 48 hours after proclaiming he would never get personal with another Republican, Mitt Romney’s latest campaign missive focuses on the temper of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The Romney camp frames the memo as a top-10 list of McCain’s “attacks” on Republicans. It could also be called “10 instances over the last eight years when McCain got angry or lost his cool.” 

Oh, and the missive pays special attention to McCain’s use of four-letter words that are not H-E-double-hockey-sticks.


On Thursday afternoon, Romney said, “One thing I’m also gonna point out is, particularly in a Republican campaign, I’m not going to talk about the character of the people I’m running against.” He also cited Ronald Reagan’s so-called 11th commandment, something along the lines of, “though shalt not attack fellow Republicans.”

As per a request, here is a copy of the memo:


A Top 10 List…

  1. Defending His Amnesty Bill, Sen. McCain Lost His Temper And “Screamed, ‘F*ck You!’ At Texas Sen. John Cornyn” (R-TX). “Presidential hopeful John McCain - who has been dogged for years by questions about his volcanic temper - erupted in an angry, profanity-laced tirade at a fellow Republican senator, sources told The Post yesterday. In a heated dispute over immigration-law overhaul, McCain screamed, ‘F— you!’ at Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who had been raising concerns about the legislation. ‘This is chickens—stuff,’ McCain snapped at Cornyn, according to several people in the room off the Senate floor Thursday. ‘You’ve always been against this bill, and you’re just trying to derail it.’” (Charles Hurt, “Raising McCain,” New York Post, 5/19/07)
  2. In 2000, Sen. McCain Ran An Attack Ad Comparing Then-Gov. George W. Bush To Bill Clinton. SEN. MCCAIN: “I guess it was bound to happen. Governor Bush’s campaign is getting desperate, with a negative ad about me. The fact is, I’ll use the surplus money to fix Social Security, cut your taxes and pay down the debt. Governor Bush uses all of the surplus for tax cuts, with not one new penny for Social Security or the debt. His ad twists the truth like Clinton. We’re all pretty tired of that. As president, I’ll be conservative and always tell you the truth. No matter what.” (McCain 2000, Campaign Ad, 2/9/00;
  3. Sen. McCain Repeatedly Called Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) An “A**hole”, Causing A Fellow GOP Senator To Say, “I Didn’t Want This Guy Anywhere Near A Trigger.” “Why can’t McCain win the votes of his own colleagues? To explain, a Republican senator tells this story: at a GOP meeting last fall, McCain erupted out of the blue at the respected Budget Committee chairman, Pete Domenici, saying, ‘Only an a–hole would put together a budget like this.’ Offended, Domenici stood up and gave a dignified, restrained speech about how in all his years in the Senate, through many heated debates, no one had ever called him that. Another senator might have taken the moment to check his temper. But McCain went on: ‘I wouldn’t call you an a–hole unless you really were an a–hole.’ The Republican senator witnessing the scene had considered supporting McCain for president, but changed his mind. ‘I decided,’ the senator told Newsweek, ‘I didn’t want this guy anywhere near a trigger.’” (Evan Thomas, et al., “Senator Hothead,” Newsweek, 2/21/00)
  4. Sen. McCain Had A Heated Exchange With Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) And Called Him A “F*cking Jerk.” “Senators are not used to having their intelligence or integrity challenged by another senator. ‘Are you calling me stupid?’ Sen. Chuck Grassley once inquired during a debate with McCain over the fate of the Vietnam MIAs, according to a source who was present. ‘No,’ replied McCain, ‘I’m calling you a f—ing jerk!’ (Grassley and McCain had no comment.)” (Evan Thomas, et al., “Senator Hothead,” Newsweek, 2/21/00)
  5. In 1995, Sen. McCain Had A “Scuffle” With 92-Year-Old Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) On The Senate Floor. “In January 1995, McCain was midway through an opening statement at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when chairman Strom Thurmond asked, ‘Is the senator about through?’ McCain glared at Thurmond, thanked him for his ‘courtesy’ (translation: buzz off), and continued on. McCain later confronted Thurmond on the Senate floor. A scuffle ensued, and the two didn’t part friends.” (Harry Jaffe, “Senator Hothead,” The Washingtonian, 2/97)
  6. Sen. McCain Accused Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Of The “Most Egregious Incident” Of Corruption He Had Seen In The Senate. “It escalated when McCain reiterated the charges Oct. 10 in a cross-examination, calling McConnell’s actions the ‘most egregious incident’ demonstrating the appearance of corruption he has ever seen in his Senate career.” (Amy Keller, “Attacks Escalate In Depositions,” Roll Call, 10/21/02)
  7. Sen. McCain Attacked Christian Leaders And Republicans In A Blistering Speech During The 2000 Campaign. MCCAIN: “Unfortunately, Governor Bush is a Pat Robertson Republican who will lose to Al Gore. … The political tactics of division and slander are not our values… They are corrupting influences on religion and politics, and those who practice them in the name of religion or in the name of the Republican Party or in the name of America shame our faith, our party and our country. Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right.” (Sen. John McCain, Remarks,

    Virginia Beach, VA, 2/28/00)
  8. Sen. McCain Attacked Vice President Cheney. MCCAIN: “The president listened too much to the Vice President . . . Of course, the president bears the ultimate responsibility, but he was very badly served by both the Vice President and, most of all, the Secretary of Defense.” (Roger Simon, “McCain Bashes Cheney Over Iraq Policy,” The Politico, 1/24/07)
  9. Celebrating His First Senate Election In 1986, Sen. McCain Screamed At And Harassed A Young Republican Volunteer. “It was election night 1986, and John McCain had just been elected to the U.S. Senate for the first time. Even so, he was not in a good mood. McCain was yelling at the top of his lungs and poking the chest of a young Republican volunteer who had set up a lectern that was too tall for the 5-foot-9 politician to be seen to advantage, according to a witness to the outburst. ‘Here this poor guy is thinking he has done a good job, and he gets a new butt ripped because McCain didn’t look good on television,’ Jon Hinz told a reporter Thursday. At the time, Hinz was executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. … Hinz said McCain’s treatment of the young campaign worker in 1986 troubled him for years. ‘There were an awful lot of people in the room,’ Hinz recalled. ‘You’d have to stick cotton in your ears not to hear it. He (McCain) was screaming at him, and he was red in the face. It wasn’t right, and I was very upset at him.’” (Kris Mayes and Charles Kelly, “Stories Surface On Senator’s Demeanor,” The Arizona

    , 11/5/99)
  10. Sen. McCain “Publicly Abused” Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). “[McCain] noted his propensity for passion but insisted that he doesn’t ‘insult anybody or fly off the handle or anything like that.’ This is, quite simply, hogwash. McCain often insults people and flies off the handle…. There have been the many times McCain has called reporters ‘liars’ and ‘idiots’ when they have had the audacity to ask him unpleasant, but pertinent, questions. McCain once… publicly abused Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama.” (Editorial, “There’s Something About McCain,” The Austin American-Statesman, 1/24/07)
COMMENTS (313) »
  1. Where’s this memo and what does it say, exactly? Also regarding a proclamation to not “get personal” - when or where did he say that?

    Comment by supernovia - January 5, 2008 @ 3:51 pm
  2. Thanks - this is the first I’ve heard of that top 10 list. Where did you find it & do you know who wrote it / published it?

    Also I still wasn’t sure about when Romney had promised to not get personal - do you have a source on that?

    Comment by supernovia - January 5, 2008 @ 4:14 pm
  3. Romney has the character and convictions of a wad of silly puddy. If he becomes president I fear for us all.

    Comment by patrick - January 5, 2008 @ 4:23 pm
  4. Thank you again. I just found the link on Romney’s site under Straight Talk Detour.. There’s another article that says McCain paid for some “Catholic Alert” calls too. Last thing, do you know where he said he wouldn’t talk about the character of the people he’s running against?

    Comment by supernovia - January 5, 2008 @ 4:26 pm
  5. Let me get this straight; now, McCain supports securing the border first? Is this a “flip flop”? As to his foolish “immigration” bill, which he describes as not being amnesty; how would the government have gone about collecting $2000 and ensuring people speak English? Who would’ve decided the appropriate level of English proficiency? Who would administer the tests? What if they couldn’t pass? How many tests would they be entitled to take? Would we have to tutor them? Who would audit the process? What if the “poor” immigrant cannot pay? Would we round them up? Finally, for a “small government” advocate, how did McCain expect to accomplish these tasks for upwards up 5-10 million people? How many people would it take to accomplish this “project”? Would the nation be forced to unionize the test workers and administrators and guarantee employment after completion? McCain’s proposal was incredibly simplistic and (obviously) not well thought out. So, why should we make him the Republican candidate for President?

    Comment by Gregory Wood - January 5, 2008 @ 6:57 pm
  6. These are clear and serious allegations about the man who says we should trust him the most with our nukes, our troops, and our defense. He is not acting like a Christian to me. “By their fruit ye know them” were word once used to tell us who to trust. GO MITT ROMNEY! ONE WIFE, 5 BOYS WHO LOVE AND SUPPORT THEIR DAD, TRUE TO HIS FAITH AND THE MOST QUALIFIED, INTELLIGENT AND CAPABLE CANDIDATE WE HAVE EVER HAD IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    Comment by RON WHITMER - January 5, 2008 @ 7:12 pm
  7. All McCain has done is attack Mitt personally. He hasn’t talked about issues, he’s only disavowed his own less than conservative record and called Mitt names. Wow, that’s presidential.

    While this memo is not positive, it is not an ad hominem attack instead it cites specific instances when McCain went against his fellow GOPers. That is an important issue for primary voters to consider. Does McCain have the proper temperament to be the Commander-in-Chief? I think we all know the answer is NO!

    Comment by Claire - January 5, 2008 @ 11:04 pm
  8. McCain opposes torture, supports freedom in American civil society, opposes the politics of hate and division, and despises corruption. If he gets angry at someone, you’d better bet he has a good reason. I support the moral judgment of John McCain.

    Comment by Jay Chawla - January 6, 2008 @ 1:11 am
  9. So McCain accurately foresaw that Bush would give tax cuts to Wall street elitists, run up the national debt, break the America dollar and leave the country fiscally worse off than when he took office. McCain told some racist segregationist Senator, with a pre-civil war value system, to go Fuck himself. He criticized the treacherously Haliburton loyal Dick Cheney. He slammed the phoney big oil- pharma Bribe taking, gridlock expert Mitch McConnell. McCain doesn’t sound too bad does he. Romney is a coward who would consult a lawyer to see if it was okay for him to take a nasty fecal dump in the public white House bathroom.

    Comment by Andrew Stocklan - January 6, 2008 @ 6:49 am
  10. it will take more than a good cry and intense therapy to heal mr. romney. let me recomend some scuba diving, a new bong, and perhaps letting that hair grow a bit longer. perhaps then, and only then, will this fellow come to grips with what a drag it is to be him.

    Comment by jeffery mcnary - January 6, 2008 @ 8:48 am
  11. McCain DOES HAVE a seriously out of control temper. It’s quite likely he suffers from post traumatic stress symdrome as a result of his vietnam experience including torture as a POW. Listen to him speak in an interview. He works really hard to project calm. I’m not saying a bad temper disqualifies him but I think people should understand what they are chosing.

    Romney is an OPPORTUNIST of the first degree. He sees Obama success at selling change, an inclusive form of national politics, and suddenly Romney is the change candidate which is complete bullshit.

    Romney tried to run to the left of Ted Kennedy in 1992, barely right of his democratic rival for governor in his last election and now he’s trying to run to the far right of Huckabee, Guiliani, McCain, Paul, and Thompsen. Yuo can’t have it both ways unless you’re selling yourself to a gullable populous.

    As a governor, he spent 216 days out of the state. He was for abortion before he was against it.

    Comment by Neil - January 6, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
  12. If that is true, then that’s why McCain’s body and face distorted under stress. He may cause a war just by swearing to a leader of another country or a body slam with other public servants. He’s got enough pension to retire and learn how to control his temper.

    Comment by Savea7 - January 7, 2008 @ 1:15 am
  13. I agree no. 11 …Romney IS an opportunist. He has not governed MA well…heck he had a 59% disapproval rating when he left office.

    Comment by Robert - January 7, 2008 @ 3:58 am
  14. I don’t see a problem with a lot of this. If anything it makes me want to vote for him ever more…

    Comment by Quincy dood - January 7, 2008 @ 1:14 pm
  15. I was on the fence but now I think Im voting for McCain.

    Comment by Walt - January 7, 2008 @ 7:04 pm
  16. McCain is not a person I would like to see as president!

    Comment by Dave - January 9, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
  17. Love it! Thanks for posting this. It’s refreshing to see a politician “tell it like it is”. No beating around the bush for McCain - he’s gonna give you the straight talk. You might not like everything he says, but you can bet he’s telling you the real truth. He has my vote!

    Comment by Steele - January 28, 2008 @ 7:41 pm
  18. McCain is an Idiot I will not vote for him. Romney will secure our borders

    Comment by Randy - January 28, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

    Open borders.

    Comment by J.D. - January 28, 2008 @ 9:02 pm
  20. McCain is an unstable hothead. Wouldn’t trust that guy with a broken beer bottle, let alone America’s nuclear arsenal.

    Comment by Shawn - January 28, 2008 @ 10:07 pm
  21. WOW!… Go Mitt!

    Poll Watch: Datamar Florida Poll, conducted Jan. 25th-27th, 2008.

    Mitt Romney: 35.6%
    John McCain: 23.2%
    Rudy Giuliani: 14.8%
    Mike Huckabee: 13.2%
    Ron Paul: 6.3%

    The findings are based on a survey of 492 likely Republican voters from January 25-27. +/- 4.2% __________________________________

    Public Policy Florida Poll, conducted Jan. 27th, 2008.

    Mitt Romney: 35% (28)
    John McCain: 28% (25)
    Mike Huckabee: 13% (15)
    Rudy Giuliani: 12% (19)
    Ron Paul: 5% (5)

    PPP surveyed 680 likely Republican primary voters on January 27th. The Survey?s margin of error is +/- 3.8%. __________________________________

    Rasmussen National Daily Tracking Poll

    Romney 28% (27)
    McCain 26% (27)
    Huckabee 16% (16)
    Giuliani 13% (14)

    Daily tracking results are collected via nightly telephone surveys and reported on a four-day rolling average basis. Each update includes approximately 900 Likely Democratic Primary Voters and 800 Likely Republican Primary Voters. Margin of sampling error for each is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. __________________________________

    Gallup California GOP Primary, conducted Jan. 23rd-26th, 2008

    John McCain 36%
    Mitt Romney 31%
    Mike Huckabee 10%
    Rudy Giuliani 9%
    Ron Paul 4%

    The four-day USA Today/Gallup Poll was conducted Wednesday through Saturday. Over this period, almost one out of five registered Republicans indicated that they had already voted via absentee ballot. For results based on the sample of 552 Republican voters in a ?low-turnout election,? the maximum margin of sampling error is ?5 percentage points. This smaller sample represents Republican primary voters who appear most likely to vote in the primary based on responses to a set of questions about current interest in the election and past voting behavior. __________________________________

    Thank You, Florida… every day we get closer to President Willard Mitt Romney.

    Comment by Newzaroo - January 28, 2008 @ 10:09 pm
  22. Moral Judgement of John McCain? Didn’t he divorce his crippled wife of many years for the young, rich, hot Cindy?

    I can’t get over that. Although it is not my place to judge, I have to look at that and think to myself is this a man of sound moral judgement?

    Comment by John - January 28, 2008 @ 10:11 pm
  23. McCain’s lack of control of his temper is legendary here in Arizona. I’m a conservative Republican but would never vote for John McCain for anything more important than latrine inspector. Romney’s our man.

    Romney documents McCain’s outbursts and McCain whines.

    Romney is not beholden to the DC lobbyists, while McCain is owned by them.

    Romney wants to stop illegal immigration while McCain wants to give amnesty to the illegals.

    Romney has a proven track record of successful business decisions while McCain has a proven track record of feeding at the public trough.

    Comment by Rob - January 28, 2008 @ 10:12 pm
  24. Democrats will make hay with this stuff, probably why they are pushing McCain so hard to win the nomination. I just think he’s a dumb, blockhead warmonger like Bush. I also find it odd that unlike many other military veterans, he pushes war all the time. He said we would be in Iraq 100 years and the other day said there would be more wars. Is he trying to make up for something he did as a prisoner of N. Vietnam? We certainly have never elected a man who signed a confession during wartime, which McCain did in Vietnam.

    Comment by doug lominac - January 28, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
  25. This has been floating around for about two weeks. This is not a “new” attack “48 hours” after a mythical pledge not to get “personal.”

    Portraying this as a memo put out by Romney’s campaign has no basis in fact, and is a dirty trick to trash Mitt by your paper, which has made its hatred of him well known.

    Comment by Stephen - January 28, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
  26. I believe these incidents accurately portray McCain as a man who does not have the temperament to be President of the United States. And I was sad to see McCain’s blatant lies about Mitt Romney’s position on troop withdrawal and timetables. I just can’t vote for this guy.

    Comment by K.L. - January 28, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
  27. You can complain all you want about Romney going back on his word not to get personal but it’s obvious he did since McCain lied about him and took his comments out of context. But that’s McCain’s usual trick. The guy is completely amoral. So try to portray Romney as the attacker all you want, he just published what the rest of Washington D.C. knows about that slime ball.

    Comment by Robert F. Bell - January 28, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

    Comment by doctordoctor - January 28, 2008 @ 10:17 pm
  29. This isn’t from Romney, nice honest reporting. Its funny though.

    Comment by Logan - January 28, 2008 @ 10:19 pm
  30. how low will John McCAIN stoop to discredit Mitt ROMNEY. do we want this guy to be President. McCain must be desperate.

    Comment by joseph - January 28, 2008 @ 10:21 pm
  31. This list has simply energized me to elect someone who can give an interview, press conference, or speech and tell the truth, fight corruption ws well as certain interests. Mccain isnt looknig to make friends to get a big time spot on a corporate board. Mccain is someone looking for pragmatic solutions to America’s largest problems. Furthermore, when Mccain attacked Bush he looks like he can predict the future.

    Comment by Pat - January 28, 2008 @ 10:24 pm
  32. I agree with John. The way he treated his first wife is more than enough to not vote for him. If true, number 9 on this list is also very, very disturbing.

    Comment by Dobby - January 28, 2008 @ 10:26 pm
  33. How many more times do we have to go down the road of electing a relative of a past politician before we realize it usually doesn’t turn out so well? The people who hate McCain….and who support Romney….are the same geniuses who thought Son-of-Bush would be good for the economy because he had ‘business experience’.

    Comment by Oliver - January 28, 2008 @ 10:28 pm
  34. John McCain is a joke. I will completely lose faith in my fellow Republicans if he is nominated. Romney is BY FAR the better candidate.

    Comment by john - January 28, 2008 @ 10:30 pm
  35. John McCain is and always has been, a miserable manifestly malcontent misfit in the Republican Party….AND wildly unstable to boot. My best and heart-felt wishes for a fast and gloriously painful deathblow to be dealt Tuesday by Mitt Romney against the McCain fantasy of Presidential aspiration. Remember….If it Talks like a Democrat, Acts like a Democrat, Lies like Clinton, and Legislates like a Democrat, it’s…….John McCain!!

    Comment by Rick - January 28, 2008 @ 10:31 pm
  36. McCain wrong on freedom of speech. Wrong on taxes Wrong on immigration Terrible Temper Wrong for America

    Comment by Steve - January 28, 2008 @ 10:33 pm
  37. Why does this make news, when McCain has been personally attacking Romney for the past month???

    As a Catholic, I didn’t appreciate the Anti-Mitt rhetoric McCain left on my car windshild when I came out of Mass up here in NH. Why wasn’t that ever covered by th media??

    True Republicans are going to see though this left-wing media bias and vote for the true conservative candidate!

    Go Mitt!

    Comment by Lauren - January 28, 2008 @ 10:33 pm
  38. Gov.Romney is the only candidate who is close to Reagan’s conservatism.Yes that’s true.Gov.Romney is the man with family values,38 years of strong family life with one wife, five great kids,and 11 grant kids,who believes and respects Gov.Romney as their wonderful husband, father and grandfather.Mrs.Ann Romney,the wonderful down earth ,will be a wonderful first lady we all can be proud of her for ever.Gov.Romney, a buisnessman would be a great asset to this nations future and also for a global economy ,guarantee with more American jobs here at home.Gov.Romney will be continuing the honour of the white house we have now.Gov.Romney is a man of mature buisness back ground,a prooven family life,value the life of the unborn,a person who understands to work with people who disagree to his positions,a person ready to accept the change the nation need to restore its position in Global econmy.Gov.Romney,is a person with traditional values,life, respect,religion,faith, love to the countrymen,with action,ready to fix the broken Washington and a great person who honour our men and women who sacrifice their life to protect our rights to have a safe place to live and raise our kids and grantkids.Gov.Romney is the person to fix the broken laws of the nation to fix the broken boarders of our nation to fight and keep the radicals and illegals from entering to this land of freedom,opprtunity, and to keep the home of the brave,safe and sound!! jt

    Comment by jt - January 28, 2008 @ 10:37 pm
  39. Number 29, yes, it is from Romney. It is a press release you can find directly on his campaign website. However, these anecdotes represent one of the most important aspects of a presidential candidate: character. Net net, we are what we do; it defines us. This is a patter for McCain. One cannot deny that. But that’s not to say McCain is a bad person. If it doesn’t bother you to have someone with these personality traits run our country, then by all means, vote for the man. But at least accept it for what it is: it’s who he is. Personally, I’d prefer someone who has mastered the basic attribute of self-control. Romney, based on what I’ve seen, the life he has lived, family he has raised, etc., seems to have earned the right to say he has self-control.

    Comment by Ryan - January 28, 2008 @ 10:40 pm
  40. Juan McAmnesty [formerly known as John McCain] says he’ll secure the borders first? Wow; that’s rich! Next, he’ll be telling us he was an Ace at flying evasive maneuvers! Or, that he graduated near the TOP [instead of near the BOTTOM] from the US Naval Academy. Or, that he didn’t dump his first wife merely because she’d been disfigured in a car crash. Or, that he DOESN’T park his political campaign staff in a phony-baloney “charity” between elections!

    Who’s McAmnesty going to name as Secretary of Homeland Security: Teddy Kennedy, Juan Hernandez, or Vincente Fox? Gee, why not cut right to the chase and tap an ILLEGAL ALIEN for the job?

    Comment by VivaLaMigra - January 28, 2008 @ 10:49 pm
  41. Fact is, Senator John McQueeg belongs in a nursing home or mental institution and not the White House. If this demented miscreant McCain somehow worms his way into the GOP party’s nomination, lots of tentative voters will just sit out the election in disgust. Call it punishment for the Republican party for allowing McCain to remain in the senate.

    Comment by Capt. Quahog - January 28, 2008 @ 10:50 pm
  42. I have been a national security Republican for over 40 years and an USAF veteran (26 years). My second defining issue is not deviating from our wonderful Constitution. Finally, my favorite Presidents in my lifetime are Eisenhower and Reagan.

    I cannot forgive McCain for breaking Reagan’s 11th amendment repeatedly; his disgusting attack on the First Amendment; his leadership of the Gang of 14 that usurped Presidential authority and weakened the federal judiciary; his mistaken attack of some interrogation techniques as torture; and, finally, his rabid push for immigration “reform.” I do not trust him. I think he twists the truth. He is unstable.

    Not a candidate at all for Commander-in-Chief. Hell, I don’t think he can pass psychological evaluations now required of police officers.

    Comment by Carl - January 28, 2008 @ 10:50 pm
  43. McCain - out of control (as usual) - with the Nukes…think about it!


    Comment by PJ - January 28, 2008 @ 10:53 pm
  44. It is no wonder the rest of the GOP cannot stand the country club, born with a silver spoon in his mouth Willard Romney. Well Romney bots tomorrow Florida is going to shove that silver spoon somewhere the sun does not shine

    Comment by Romneybot - January 28, 2008 @ 10:55 pm
  45. Since when is an accurate depiction of a person’s record a personal attack? If McCain has verbally abused his peers in Congress, people have a right to know. A personal attack is an ad that distorts a person’s record and deliberately attempts to mislead the public. It is slandering a person’s character. That’s what Romney said he would not do. Stop whining.

    Comment by Peggy - January 28, 2008 @ 10:56 pm
  46. I have voted Republican in every election since 1976. This is why we love him. McCain has the same kind of guts to stand up to the Washington establishment that Regan did, including the talking heads on TV and AM Radio. If, McCain doesn’t make it, I’m hoping Bloomberg will run and pick John Kasick for VP!

    Comment by Bill C. - January 28, 2008 @ 10:57 pm
  47. McCain is just like Duke Cunningham. An American hero turned traitor. I will never vote for this lying nut.

    Comment by Mark - January 28, 2008 @ 11:04 pm
  48. McCain needs self control. Never had it, never will.
    McCain needs to stop lying about Amnesty. Always had it, always will.
    McCain needs to convince his mother to vote for him. Probably happened, but never will. Romney 2008

    Comment by joe blow - January 28, 2008 @ 11:05 pm
  49. I support Romney, but, honestly, this conduct is hard to defend. Then again, McCain’s really no better, especially considering the fact that he basically lied about Romney supporting a withdrawal.

    Comment by JC - January 28, 2008 @ 11:07 pm
  50. McCain is neither smart nor nice. He was a tough guy when he was younger. Now he is a pathetic old man. He was a POW 40 years ago. He needs to retire and play shuffleboard.

    Comment by June - January 28, 2008 @ 11:07 pm
  51. “Gee, why not cut right to the chase and tap an ILLEGAL ALIEN for the job?”

    Funny, I thought that was Romney’s M.O.

    Comment by Oliver - January 28, 2008 @ 11:11 pm
  52. I trust McCain as far as I can throw the old fart…

    GO MITT!!!

    Comment by Trent - January 28, 2008 @ 11:12 pm
  53. Bill C, “I have voted Republican in every election since 1976. This is why we love him.”

    So McCain has been an A-hole since 1976 and he’s still one today - and that’s why you’re voting for him today.

    Now I see why McLame gets so many votes. Amazing!

    Comment by joe blow - January 28, 2008 @ 11:17 pm
  54. 10 more reasons I love John. Get ready for the real deal America!!!!


    Comment by tenaciousD1975 - January 28, 2008 @ 11:18 pm
  55. quite frankly I want a president that is not afraid to cuss out a few people. Show’s he’s human. And a sailor. BTW: stories are that George Washington cussed like a sailor too.

    Comment by Brian - January 28, 2008 @ 11:19 pm
  56. It is about time that McCain’s true personality comes out. Many of us have know about him for a long time, he is a vile and despicable person. NEVER try and disagree with him, he will go for your throat. I think we are seeing his true colors now. I sure don’t this man in charge of anything, much less President of the U.S.

    Comment by Irchr - January 28, 2008 @ 11:22 pm
  57. Right on Romney! Expose McPain, for what he is…OUT OF CONTROL!

    Comment by Jan - January 28, 2008 @ 11:25 pm
  58. McCain a war hero? You better believe it. Does that make him the automatic ultimate choice as Commander and Chief. No. I was an Infantry Officer in the Army, spent 14 years in the military and am an Iraq Vet. His total fear and distain for war prisons (he fiercely fought to close Guantanimo) and interrogation (waterboarding is not torture) really scare me from a national security standpoint. I admire him for the support of the troop surge but, wow, talk about tying the hands of our intelligence personnel.

    Mitt Romney has demonstrated a commanding understanding of the nature of the threat of militant Jihad and has dared to define our enemy clearer than any other candidate. As a military officer, after listening to both candidates talk about their direction of the military and understanding of our enemies - hands down, I like Mitt.

    Comment by teo - January 28, 2008 @ 11:26 pm
  59. I am another Arizona Republican who would not vote for McCain. He has a terrible temper and has not represented Arizona well. He wants to allow more illegal immigration and if you question him you are punished.

    Comment by K. Pidd - January 28, 2008 @ 11:26 pm
  60. Ron Paul is the only candidate that understands that massive government overspending, especially for blunders such as the Iraq war, is bankrupting the US. Not one of the 9/11 hijackers was from Iraq, and Bush/Cheney continually distorted the truth to the American public. Iraq had no connection with 9/11. We should have gone after bin Laden instead of invading Iraq.

    That said, McCain has no character. Romney may flip-flop, but he is a decent human being. McCain is not.

    Comment by L. Webb - January 28, 2008 @ 11:28 pm
  61. Forget about McCain already. It will be Romney-Rice ‘08. The web site is already under construction.

    Comment by DMB - January 28, 2008 @ 11:30 pm
  62. Seems that McCain has a lot of stuff in HIS closet, as he keeps taking swipes at Romney. I just came across a site: and it, kinda says it all. Some will call this another ‘Swiftboating’, but I say, if there are those fellow soldiers that know the person and served with him(ala Kerry) then they have a right and a duty to let the public know the REAL person that is running a campaign to be America’s President, the highest office in our land. There is alot of information on that site, and you owe it to yourselves to read about McCain.

    Comment by ITS JO - January 28, 2008 @ 11:42 pm
  63. Count me as another Arizona voter not voting for McCain. I would like to know more about where this “Memo” came from and how it was distributed. Anyone can write a memo and any idiot can send out an email. Also, any fool can get a copy of a memo and say it was from Mitt Romney. Romney has published his ads, communications, etc. This memo is not like anything that has previously been sent out by Romney’s campaign. Romney’s campaign does not use Letterman’s TOP 10 LIST. This memo reads like a Dan Rather document.

    Comment by norm - January 28, 2008 @ 11:43 pm
  64. McCain is a crazy old man and Mitt is a serial flip-flopper and head of a family of gutless chickenhawks. Either one guarantees Hillary or Obama the White House. And these are the best the GOP has to offer. I guess Bush has really lowered the Presidential bar.

    Comment by Ron - January 28, 2008 @ 11:43 pm
  65. I am a retired Master Chief and was around A holes like John McCain my entire adult life. They are users and when they do not get their way this is the kind of behavior they demonstrate. I have seen people like him do exactly what is described here many, many times during my career. They have a hair trigger and you never know what will set them off. Usually is it something that makes them look bad or less than glowing. They never take any responsibility for their actions. Does any of this sound like Bill Clinton? By his own admission he dumped his first wife for a younger, prettier woman after she stood by him while he was a POW. This speaks volumes about the quality of his decisions. I refuse to vote for a man who is still trying to prove something or live up to his father’s and grandfather’s legacy. They were both Admirals while his Naval career floundered due in large part to his personality. If he had not been the son of Navy blue bloods he would have been thrown out in Flight school after he crashed his first aircraft in Corpus Christi, TX. Anyone else would have been shown the door.

    Comment by Doug - January 28, 2008 @ 11:44 pm
  66. Funny to see the spin tried even on this site. Can you guess who is for who? If we had to depend on only our personality to get through life, 90% of you wouldn’t have made it passed 2nd grade. Judge men on their accomplishments or failures in thier lives, not on what others say about them. Old sayings exist for so long because they are true… “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.

    Comment by Kevin - January 28, 2008 @ 11:46 pm
  67. I would be pissed off too if I had to deal with those assholes in Senate, go McCain! I could never in good conscience vote for Romney, he is a slippery liar that panders and flip-flops not to make a difference but only to be President.

    Comment by Todd - January 28, 2008 @ 11:47 pm
  68. I find it interesting that you all are so shocked by McCain’s language. Obviously, none of you have ever served your country. It takes tough people to serve, and to lead, a nation. Have any of you ever read a book about Eisenhower? He was one of the toughest talking Soldiers in the Army and he did not suffer fools. McCain has demonstrated leadership and his boys have served their country. What are those sons of Mitt doing? Oh yeah, not serving their country. They have more important priorities.

    Comment by GS - January 28, 2008 @ 11:51 pm
  69. To all the people defending the indefensible behavior of Senator McCain, I wonder if you have any concept of how easy it is to seriously complicate international relations because of the inability of the Commander-in-Chief to control his emotions. And to those who would defend his behavior toward a young volunteer trying to please him, I would say that you have lost all perspective on what is right. Your comments are much more of an indictment against your judgment than it is a compliment to McCain.

    Comment by ChuckP - January 28, 2008 @ 11:51 pm
  70. One thing about McCain, he’s earned the right to call some of those stuffed shirts in Washington A-SHOLES and a few F-CK YOU’S!!!!!!!!
    When you’ve been hung by your hands tied behind your back for hours on end for five years, you shouldn’t have to take a bunch of s-it off some spoiled brat. Romney is like Gore, sons of career politicians with the road greased for them by their old man’s name.
    There’s a lot about McCain i don’t like, but G-D DAMM-T i respect him, he EARNED my respect.

    Comment by Bill - January 28, 2008 @ 11:52 pm
  71. If anyone wants to see Flip-flops go to Glenn Beck’s website. McCain has changed his positions multiple times. I would never vote for McCain. He sneers, giggles, and is a grumpy, mean old man. I guess that he can fool people just like Hillary fools the people that would vote for her.

    Comment by Janice - January 28, 2008 @ 11:52 pm
  72. People who pop their jugular veins and yell profanities are called bullies. Have you ever been in a meeting with those kind of people? Were you at liberty to put forth your best ideas? Was there the threat of getting fired if you challenged the worn out ideas?

    How can McCain’s management style (bullying people is not leadership) ever foster an environment of creativity and break through ideas? Great leaders are not “one man shows.” They are interdependent. They surround themselves with talented, experienced, inspiring & industrious people & turn them lose to accomplish things collectively that are impossible to achieve as a “one man show.”

    Do you really think all the great ideas at Microsoft came from Bill Gates? How about those boys at Google. I’ll bet they’ve got a team of brilliant leaders where cooperation & respect & harmony are high, and synergy makes multi-billion dollar projects happen.

    If I had a filthy mouthed bully like John McCain on my marketing team and he pulled one of is out of control stunts, I’d fire him! That’ why he works for government.

    A word about the people who say Romney is a threat to job growth. I helped turn a company around once. A few people lost their job. Had the company gone bankrupt, 100% of the employees would be without a job. 2 years later, we had twice as many employees as we’d ever had. Romney’s created thousands of times more jobs than lay offs.

    I tire of cute one liners meant to impress voters, that as it turns out only impress the uninformed, and are nothing but trite evidences that the “debater” really doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. Put downs & one-upmanship are popular amongst children who don’t have very much social intelligence!

    McCain & Huckabee are as transparent as a window without glass.

    McCain’s vulgar and angry profanity are the efforts of a feeble mind, trying to express itself forcibly!

    As for McCain’s violations of President Reagan’s 11th commandment…if he were a man of integrity, the list wouldn’t exist. he can blame himself for the exposure.

    Comment by Wayne - January 28, 2008 @ 11:55 pm
  73. That MEMO credited to the Romney Campaign is highly suspicious. The tone and writing style look to be borderline crude and something about it smells like a back handed provocative smear. Could very well be mischief carried out by one of the usual left wing suspects for which the Commonwealth of Masshole is well known.

    Regardless of the source of the memo, the question is . . . Haven’t the people had enough of the White House occupied by smarmy politicians, anti-American low-life scum, a recovering drunk and common idiot who’s more loyal to the government of Mexico than to the people this country. This McCain character is NOT a good guy and appears to be a form or violent madman. After all this country has been through in the past 20-years with incompetent, corrupt and non-existent leadership in the Executive Office, we really don’t need this howling schizophrenic freak John McCain as Commander-in-Chief. Don’t forget, the President of the United States is only a couple of feet away from that Nuclear Football gizmo at all times. The guy carries the secret launch codes in his pocket. During one of his regular tantrums, this McCain could freak out and destroy the world. Remember . . . John McCain is a known whacko.

    Comment by Jim Z. - January 29, 2008 @ 12:01 am
  74. I would like to know who has posted the memo because it is not from Gov. Romney’s campaign. I know for a fact that all the memos and notices from the Romney Campaign are authenticated by them. THIS MEMO WAS NOT SENT BY THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN, OF THAT I AM SURE.
    I would like to know who sent it and the motives behind it????
    WHO DID IT???

    Comment by Rose E - January 29, 2008 @ 12:08 am
  75. Here is another Arizona republican who WON’T vote for McCain. He IS out of control. He was the one to start this whole episode with his expansion of the truth.

    My hat is off to Romney for not rolling over. He is a gentleman, but he will not tolerate such an injustice. I look forward to seeing his strength in dealing with terrorists. I don’t expect that he would back down for them.

    McCain needs to apologize, but I think he’s too arrogant. Anyway, there is a ground swell in AZ for Romney.

    Oh yes… and Mitt is endorsed by Sheriff Joe! Go Mitt!

    Comment by Suz in AZ - January 29, 2008 @ 12:09 am
  76. “Romney-Rice ‘08″ (Comment 59 above)
    WOW… think about that match-up for a minute. If the Democrats elect Obama, Rice would be a great VP for Romney! She would represent both the female and African-American aspects of the two Democratic front-runners. Go Mitt!

    Comment by Tim - January 29, 2008 @ 12:11 am
  77. Romney is totally justified in publishing this list of verifiable facts. A personal attack is when when the general character of another person is questioned without reason or verifiable data. Specific criticism about specific events. McCain on the other hand has made blanket statements about Romney time and again. Most recently calling all Romney’s leadership as Governer “wholesale dishonesty”. There is no way to verify this grandiose blanket. Romney has not been this low. Romney has consistantly kept himself above such general unverifiable claims.
    It is totally appropriate for Romney to recall to memory McCain’s loose cannon moments. Verifiable facts.

    Comment by Kyle - January 29, 2008 @ 12:12 am
  78. >>Romney is like Gore, sons of career politicians with the road greased for them by their old man’s name.

    Comment by paul - January 29, 2008 @ 12:14 am
  79. McCain is the son and grandson of Admirals. So, they both have silver spoons that got them where they are today. That said, Romney is a winner in November since the economy will issue #1, 2 and 3 by then, and he has the resume.

    Comment by paul - January 29, 2008 @ 12:15 am

    Comment by Robert Gonzalez - January 29, 2008 @ 12:17 am
  81. Why hasn’t McCain’s participation in the Keating Five been brought out ? That alone disqualifies him as presidential material. I respect him for his military career, even though he was close to low man on the totem pole at Annapolis, but it takes more than a history of POW status to make a good president. And, his being a buddy of Ted Kennedy doesn’t help. His trying to say he’s not offering amnesty to the illegals is a joke, but he manages to keep a straight face when he says it.

    Comment by DanNC77 - January 29, 2008 @ 12:18 am
  82. Can anyone imagine McCain a 70+ year old man and 28yrs in the Senate debating Clinton or Obama in a election supposed to be about change.The mans been in Washington forever.National polls in generic matchups mean nothing at this point they can change on a dime.

    TEAM McCain:Martinez,Graham,and Dr.Juan Hernandez his Hispanic outreach director.Mr.Hernandez is the talking head who frequents the cable networks advocating open borders policies also author of the book THE NEW PIONEERS refering to illegal immigrants coming to america. He states its ok for Mexicans to steal social security numbers of U.S. citizens,worked for Vicente Fox when he was president of Mexico and is a duel citizen of Mexico and U.S.Now are the McCain supporters sure Mr.STRAIGHT TALK has changed his stance on illegal immigration??If McCain’s the best we get to vote for in a election we’ll leave our vote for president blank!

    Comment by Phillip - January 29, 2008 @ 12:21 am
  83. McCain would loose Utah in the General. Especially if Obama gets the Dem ticket.

    Comment by HiveRadical - January 29, 2008 @ 12:22 am

    Comment by MIKEH545454 - January 29, 2008 @ 12:24 am
  85. McCain’s lunacy revolves around a self-centered conceit that poisons every intellectual situation he encounters. He is not a Conservative, regardless of the touted “hero” (not my hero)label he lives under. I had always hoped he would just go away, but it would appear that he could well destroy the party (GOP) to which I have been loyal for thirty years. If he does win the Republican nomination, I will walk away and not vote, just pray. I’m nobody with absolutely valueless worth in the political debate, and likewise I have little influence an anyone. I will not be missed, though a whole bunch of nobodies like me could add up to one problem for the party that blew us off.

    Comment by Lewis Field - January 29, 2008 @ 12:27 am
  86. For all of you who are saying “Go, McCain” let me point out a few things you need to research:

    McCain’s connection with Juan Hernandez, that until Cheif Justice Warren decided that there was nothing too severe to take away someone’s citizenship, the man would have lost his for serving on the cabinet of the President of a foreign nation (Mexico) and who had to talk an oath of office and a pledge of loyalty to Mexico.

    Keating 5

    Reform Institute, which was partially funded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute, who had Arianna Huffington as a committee member, who has Juan Hernandez on it’s payroll, and who accepted campaign contributions from Cablevision while McCain pandered for changes in cable billing that would have reaped Cablevision millions in profit.

    Maybe you want a foul-mouthed President. I want one with some selfcontrol. Not a hot head in days of extreme danger. I also want a president that has the backing of the Border Patrol. Local 2544, Tucson sector of the Border Patrol has a large plea on their website to NOT vote for McCain. When rank and file officers, who put their lives on the line everyday for us, don’t back McCain, neither can I.

    Research McCain’s record. It is that of a liberal who has sided more times with the left side of the aisle than the right side.

    Comment by retire05 - January 29, 2008 @ 12:28 am
  87. Hey Comment #74: You got it. There will be no stopping that combo! “Romney-Rice ‘08″!!

    Comment by DMB - January 29, 2008 @ 12:30 am
  88. Some of the McCain comments were deserved by the recipients.

    Comment by Stu - January 29, 2008 @ 12:32 am

    Comment by Rose E - January 29, 2008 @ 12:39 am
  90. great post ,Wayne…btw..I guess I never realized he was only 5′9″..which probably means he is really 5′7″…me thinks, that he also has a bit of the old Napoleon complex going on..

    Comment by Xango - January 29, 2008 @ 12:40 am
  91. It’s nice to see all of Mitt’s relatives turn out for the comments. I am very sorry that your delicate sensibilities have been disturbed. Am I REALLY to believe you’re so put by his use of profanity???? That’s rich brothers and sisters rich! If you don’t like the guy-don’t like him. This is all a very mean spirited attempt to try and link his POW experience to some make believe mental unbalance. You should be ashamed. Some of the attitudes and opinions expressed are far worse than any meaning a 4 letter word would indicate.
    ‘I wouldn’t call you an a–hole unless you really were an a–hole.’

    Comment by Jay - January 29, 2008 @ 12:46 am
  92. I saw this post in Fox News

    MITT / RICE 08

    GO MITT!!!!!

    Vote for MITT!!! A vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain. Let’s be smart!

    Comment by ABQ-NM - January 29, 2008 @ 12:49 am
  93. Here’s the link from the Romney website:
    Notice the date - Jan 5, 2008. I wonder how the blogger missed that? It was tough to find… right at the top of the page!
    It is completely dishonest to post this memo as though Mr. Romney went back on his word.
    Bottom line for me - I do not trust John McCain.

    Comment by DH - January 29, 2008 @ 12:50 am
  94. I wouldn’t bet on the accuracy of all this if it’s from the Boston Herald.

    Comment by Ron - January 29, 2008 @ 12:55 am
  95. You can’t argue with facts! McCain has been outright dishonest about Romney’s record, accusing him of changing his position on the war. There is nothing more personal than McCain’s dishonest allegations toward Romney.

    If McCain can cite non-existant facts to attack Romney’s character, then Romney can certainly cite documented instances when McCain verbally belittled and intimidated his fellow republicans.

    Comment by Yippihoo - January 29, 2008 @ 1:03 am
  96. Romney has a 59% disapproval rating in Massachusets?
    That should be a prerequisite for the Republican nomination.
    President Romney may carry every state but his own.

    Comment by William Grubb - January 29, 2008 @ 1:09 am
  97. As an Arizona native, this McCain aka McLame temper issue is not news to me! One of my concerns is that McCain is very into war and given the many opportunities that can be interpreted to present a threat to out nation, I truly believe that the US would be engulfed in alot of war under a McCain administration. This would be complicated by his temper and huge ego. The truth is - McCain is NOT a republican in any of his values other than perhaps foreign policy. He has not done one thing for the GOP during the Bush administration because of his contempt and vengefullness towards Bush for having lost in the primaries to Bush 8 years ago. AlSO, THIS ARTICLE IS NOT FROM ROMNEYS CAMPAIGN. I LOOKED IT UP AND THERE IS NOT AN OUNCE OF TRUTH THAT IT CAME FROM ROMNEY! STOP SPREADING THIS DIRT! (WHAT A CLINTONISTA THING TO TRY TO DO! MCCAIN!)

    Comment by Rae22 - January 29, 2008 @ 1:10 am

    Comment by Rae22 - January 29, 2008 @ 1:19 am
  99. McCain was never -that- bright… His outbursts are reminiscent of someone with early onset Alzheimers… From somone who saw it take 25 years and watched him die one inch at a time… The outbursts are not gonna help us when he has a finger on the button… McCain is the wrong person for the job.

    Comment by AndyJ - January 29, 2008 @ 1:19 am
  100. Romney’s right to point oout these 10 instances of Psycho McCain going nutso. There are many others, of course.

    Just ask Sen. Thad Cochran. He knows what a dangerous temperment McCain has.

    Comment by levotb - January 29, 2008 @ 1:26 am
  101. Well, DUH!! Romney’s own state is historically a completely liberal democrat filled state! So, in other words - he is a wonderful Conservative Republican. Besides, I have many friends from Massachussetts who have told me the exact opposite! They are some of the few Republicans in the state and they admired and appreciated the way Romney worked with the Democrats to get alot of Republican policy through. They were amazed and grateful for the wonderful leader he was! Also, it takes a few years to bring in jobs and see the results of policy change. Mitt inherited a 3 billion dollar deficit and was able to leave office with a balnced budget all 4 years and a 2 million dollar surplus. All that while governing as a Republican in a TED KENNEDY State of liberalism. He also overturned a gay marriage bill. He is pro-life and pro-marriage between a man and a woman and marriage before children. He is smart! He earned his law degree and MBA from Harvard at the same time! He is a good man. While serving as the Govorner of Massachussetts, he didn’t put himself on the payroll and worked as a service for his state. That says alot. GO MITT!!

    Comment by Rae22 - January 29, 2008 @ 1:30 am
  102. I don’t think we want some loon with a hair-trigger temper handling the nuclear football.

    I have said for years that McCain does not have the temperament for the nation’s highest office. When someone crosses him, he totally loses his cool. Remember last presidential election when Maria Shriver accidentally bumped into his wife in a crowded hallway, and he had a complete meltdown? Do you think the world’s leaders would always be kissing his butt? What would he do when they diss him, drop the bomb?

    We need someone who is calm under pressure like Romney. The presidency is probably the most difficult job there is. McCain will have a coronary the first time he’s crossed. Mitt’s head of legislative office in Massachusetts worked with him daily, said he’d seen him angry twice, just once in public over the Big Dig fiasco. Romney has handled difficult jobs like righting the Olympics, business dealings, and the governorship with dignity and decorum. We’d never see dignity or decorum from the foul-mouthed, dour old fart, McCain.

    I can’t stand McCain. If I wanted a liberal, I’d vote for Obama. No way McCain can win in November. That’s why the Clintons and The New York Times support him. He’s on the same page ideologically, and he would be easy to wipe the floor with in the election.

    I think most of the Romney naysayers on this post are Democrats who don’t want to go up against Mitt in November. That or they have a brain injury.

    Romney is the man! Decent, brilliant, wildly successful in the real world. The rest haven’t so much as run a lemonade stand.

    We need the best, and that’s Mitt Romney!

    Comment by KE - January 29, 2008 @ 1:33 am
  103. Thank God , McCain got the money out of politics with that campaign finance reform. I bet he will really straighten out our energy situation.

    Comment by Ron - January 29, 2008 @ 1:38 am
  104. Is he the Manchurian Candidate programmed to assassinate the Republican party (or democracy as we know it), or merely another Bob Dole, but without Dole’s kind character or heroism.

    What kind of president and leader of the free world sings “BOMB BOMB BOMB, BOMB-IRAN” at a campaign meeting attended by the national press corps?

    If you think Bush embarrassed us at home and abroad with his Texan language disorder, how do you think McCain’s
    POW, POW POWder-keg temperament is going to play in international relations?

    To call McCain a loose-canon is a gross understatement.

    McCain is a loose volley of nuclear missles.

    He is not fit to hold any public office, except possibly liar and pander-in-chief.

    Comment by Dr Max H - January 29, 2008 @ 1:45 am
  105. McCain’s poor attendance at votes in the U.S. Senate is only better than Tim Johnson’s who is recovering from a massive brain hemorrhage. McCain has missed more than 56% of the Senate votes in the 110th Congress.

    When he is there, he doesn’t vote conservative, has a record that parallels Ted Kennedy. Let’s have a look:

    -Tells the American people John Kerry was a war hero–so did Ted Kennedy
    -Called the Swiftboat Vets - “dishonorable and dishonest”–so did Kennedy
    -Contemplated running as Kerry’s VP
    -Promoted amnesty for illegals–So did Ted Kennedy
    -SSI for illegals–So did Ted Kennedy
    -Criminal trials for terrorists if CONUS–So did Kennedy
    -Closing Gitmo–So did Ted Kennedy
    -Against waterboarding–So was Ted Kennedy
    -Supports BS Global Warming–So does Ted Kennedy
    -Voted against drilling in Alaska–So did Ted Kennedy
    -Opposed Bush tax cuts–So did Kennedy
    -Opposed the marriage amendment–So did Kennedy

    Is there anything more to say, really? Actions speak louder than words…

    Mitt is WAY BETTER than McCain! He’s a good man with a long record of success in the real world. McCain’s a dour old goat, an economic know-nothing. He said on the record three times that he didn’t understand the economy very well–but he did have Greenspan’s book. Whoopee! Now he says he doesn’t remember having said it. His mind is going. McCain is anti-free speech, pro-tax, pro-illegals, offers me nothing I want in a candidate.

    These are perilous times, people. We need to think carefully about our vote. We need the “A” team, and that’s Mitt. Vote Romney ‘08!

    Comment by KE - January 29, 2008 @ 1:48 am
  106. No wonder Hillary and McCain like each other so much. They are alike in pesonality and temperament, except that she throws lamps AND cuss words, while he throws only cuss words.

    Comment by James A. Webster - January 29, 2008 @ 1:53 am
  107. Say McCain just disqualified himself!

    Say No to McCain!
    Say Enough of McCain!
    Say Bug off McCain!

    GO MITT!

    Comment by Celestina - January 29, 2008 @ 1:56 am
  108. You know, I think that Harry Truman was also known as a hot head with a real temper. History also ranks him as a standup guy. Jimmy Carter on the other hand was a real nice guy and a real bad President. So we are supposed to think less of McCain because he told some fat cat to go F’ himself? Oh my! We are supposed to not support McCain because he thinks that VP Cheney is partially responsible for some of this nations leadership failures? Heavens, no! I am sorry but all of you thin skinned Mitt Men out there are missing the big picture, McCain calls it like he sees it. I don’t agree with him on everything but I’d rather take my chances of getting my feeling hurt than to hear some plastic headed flip flopper tell me what I want to hear out of shear convenience.

    Comment by Ryan - January 29, 2008 @ 1:57 am
  109. John McCain is simply a bully, nothing more. We’ve just had 8 years of President Bush. Every Democrat and liberal in the entire WORLD has been beating him up for being bull-headed and stubborn because he makes a decision and tends to stick with it.

    Enter John McCain. It’s ALWAYS his way or NO way. If he doesn’t get his way he smears, berates, and badgers his opposition. He gets red in the face and hurls insults and four-letter words. Can you IMAGINE the boon to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert that THIS guy would be? I mean, compared even to Mr. Bush??

    The liberals and democrats throughout the WORLD will savage this man. If he becomes the Republican nominee, you may as well hand the election to the Democrats. He’ll never make it past the thorough grilling he’ll get in a general election. And, if he somehow WERE to pull off the upset of all upsets, he’ll be a marginialized and ineffective President.

    This guy is a buffoon and a danger to the Republican party. I don’t question his patriotism… but I do question his judgement and temperment.

    Comment by Brian - January 29, 2008 @ 1:58 am
  110. This is a link to a great article from Newsmax on Mitt’s character and powerful qualifications to be President. It starts out with how in 1996 the 14 yr. old daughter of one of his partners was missing in New York City. Romney shut down his firm and had all his partners and employees go to N.Y. to help search for this girl. Mitt took charge big time in organizing a massive search. The article has all you need to know about Romney’s education, his professional experience, and why we all need to vote for MITT!!!!!

    Comment by Dar - January 29, 2008 @ 1:59 am
  111. RON PAUL 2008!

    Realistically, he won’t get the nomination though, so I hope Mitt Romney wins.

    Comment by Katherine - January 29, 2008 @ 2:03 am
  112. Jay #89 writes:
    “This is all a very mean spirited attempt to try and link his POW experience to some make believe mental unbalance. You should be ashamed. ”

    Wrong! You’re the one who should be ashamed at being so ignorant and/or stupid to be sucked in the lies of John McCain. Perhaps McCain himself is not anti-American or subversive to this country, but his actions while in the United States Senate have been highly destructive to our nation.

    Forty years ago, McCain’s A-4 Skyhawk jet was hit while on a mission over North Vietnam and he was forced to eject. A major defect of that plane was that when a pilot blew the canopy and was shot out of the cockpit with his seat, the clearance was all wrong. Ejected A-4 pilots were not only seriously injured but were also killed upon exist from that plane. McCain had legs broken and other serious injuries as he landed in the lake in the middle of Hanoi. Some locals fished him from the water and promptly started to give a beating. McCain was rescued by the military and then tossed into a cell at the prison nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton. Realizing that he was in danger of certain death if not treated McCain “somehow” persuaded his captors to provide him with medical attention. The rest of the story of is some cloudy with different versions floating around. In an interview for a major newsmagazine back in the seventies or eighties, McCain stated that to get medical help for his life threatening wounds, he provided the North Vietnamese with information related to the electronic defense systems of U.S. Navy aircraft. Myself, in a like situation of life and death, I would have probably spilled the beans too. None of that matters now. The real issue is, what has McCain done lately?

    Don’t know if McCain is a so-called “War Hero” or not. Non of those Vietnam war bedtime stories have any meaning or importance forty-years later. Like many others, McCain is a wounded combat veteran. If a guy is lucky, the government gives you a medal or two and sends one home. Perpetual lifetime hero worship is not mandated or expected, except by a few.

    We are all products of our collective experiences. John McCain was twisted into what he later became. None of McCain’s military experiences provides justification for his destructive actions as a United States Senator. According to a mindless fool like this Jay #89, American citizens are expected to stand by and allow this demented old man, McCain to rampage with reckless schemes. Some think that John McCain is an enemy of the people of the United States. Maybe! Know one thing for sure, McCain is crazy and should have been run out of the Republican Party for his treachery. Regardless of what happens, action should be started to impeach McCain from the Senate. The guy is a dangerous mental case!

    Comment by Charles S. - January 29, 2008 @ 2:10 am
  113. And umm.. show of hands. How many of you die hard Romney supporters are Mormons? Puleeese!!! The man is a empty suit. Give me McCain any day. (And yes he has been this right-wing conservatives choice from day one.)

    Comment by Jim - January 29, 2008 @ 2:18 am
  114. Charles S. #110… thanks for proving that blatant lies and propaganda (yours) are not dead. You would make your Nazi forebearers proud.

    Oh and you left out the part about them offering to release McCain since he was the son of a high-ranking Pacific Admiral. He declined and stayed with his fellow prisoners. Nice try though.

    Comment by Jim - January 29, 2008 @ 2:23 am
  115. I might ask how many of you that irrationally defend the indefensible are religious bigots. If you were to tell me that is none of my business, that it is irrelevant to the subject at hand, I would agree. Just as is the religious affiliation of those who defend Romney.

    The subject at hand is whether McCain has enough emotional control to handle the job of Commander-in-chief. I think he does not. Your religious attack does nothing to indicate that he does. Indeed, it is an indication that you have nothing other than oblique unrelated personal attacks to defend this abominable behavior.

    Comment by ChuckP - January 29, 2008 @ 2:23 am
  116. So, 106, just look at post 103. Does that not mean ANYTHING TO YOU MCAINITES? There is no bigger LIE than when MCCAIN said he was a Footsoldier in the Reagan Revolution. He is NOTHING LIKE REAGAN. He is more than happy to jump in bed with the likes of Ted Kennedy on any issue. So, how in the world are we to believe he won’t suck up to the Dem’s and their position on the war on terror, thus bringing the war to our own borders? I can only come to one conclusion. Those who support McCain are blind, or liberal (READ BOTH).

    Comment by Dalan - January 29, 2008 @ 2:31 am
  117. Jim111&112
    You’re a typical mouthbreather simple minded fool. Can’t discuss anything but need to call people names such as a nazi. Suppose that my Jewish relatives would be quite surprised!

    Thing is . . . you beloved McCain . . . STINKS! As the story goes . . .Due to his family connections, the North Vietamese though he was some sort of American royality and wanted to send McCain home early. Instead, he stayed on at the Hanoi Hilton. McCain may have figured that the folks back home might question why he got special treatment while his prison comrades stayed behind suffering and dying in their cells. Seems as if McCain may have covered his own ass and then turned it into a saga of selflessness and heroism. People with political ambition do that some times.

    No matter how you slice it . . .you’re hero McCain is a fraud and subversive.

    Comment by Charles S. - January 29, 2008 @ 2:33 am
  118. WOW JIM 111, you are amazing!!! In one fell swoop, you demonstrate your bigotry toward a religion you obviously know nothing about, and follow that up with claiming that the man who OPPOSED TAX CUTS, FAVORS GIVING CITIZEN STATUS TO OUR ENEMIES (IE CLOSE GITMO), WANTS TO GRANT NON-CITIZENS PRIVILEGES THEY HAVE NOT EARNED (ie amnesty), OPPOSED THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT, OPPOSED CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT NOMINEES, VOTED AGAINST OUR PURSUIT OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE TO KISS UP TO TREE HUGGERS (IE ANWAR), ETC ETC ETC has been the choice of right wing conservatives from day one???!!!! Speaking of religion, you must be a member of one that advocates the use of hallucinogenic drugs!!!!

    Comment by Dalan - January 29, 2008 @ 2:54 am
  119. I wish McCain had treated Democrat Senators a poorly as he treated his fellow Republican Senators.

    Comment by Della - January 29, 2008 @ 2:57 am
  120. Let us hope that the good people of Florida vote for anybody but McCain. This McCaim is one creepy old dude that looks and talks like hes nuts. He has some strange ideas and is easy to see as a liar. Talks out of both sides of his mouth.

    Romney speaks in sentences that make sense. Romney even looks like a president. I will vote for Romney .

    Comment by Cisco - January 29, 2008 @ 2:57 am
  121. Hey Jim 111, you are amazing!!! In one fell swoop, you reveal your bigotry against a religion you obviously know nothing about, and follow that with “Give me McCain any day. (And yes he has been the right-wing conservatives choice from day one.)” The man who was AGAINST TAX CUTS, AGAINST THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT, FOR GIVING PRIVILEGES TO NON-CITIZENS (IE AMNESTY), FOR GIVING CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS TO OUR ENEMIES (IE CLOSE GITMO, GIVE EM LAWYERS), AGAINST CONSERVATIVE JUDGES, ETC ETC ETC has been the right wing conservatives’choice from day one???????!!!!! Speaking of religion, it is apparent to me that you must belong to one that advocates the use of hallucinogenic drugs!!!!!!!

    Comment by Dalan - January 29, 2008 @ 3:06 am
  122. I’m liking him more and more.

    Comment by Glenn Friedman - January 29, 2008 @ 3:12 am
  123. Glenn. Who are you liking more and more? McCain? Yipes! If so, then by these postings, you would be in the tiny minority. Do you think that McCain guy could win the vote for Mister Congeniality? Ha! Ha!

    Comment by Cisco - January 29, 2008 @ 3:18 am
  124. Send McCain back to Vietnam for some more re-education. He’s UNAMERICAN. AN ALIEN.

    Comment by tom Gleason - January 29, 2008 @ 3:28 am
  125. F***ing A Bubba, Jonh McCain for President 2008!!! Wait until the f****ing ra*head enemies of our people get a load of him.

    Comment by Jim Baird - January 29, 2008 @ 3:30 am
  126. #48 - Mark

    Think about what you said - you think McPain is “just as bad” as Romney for lying about Romney. But this ad just repeats McPain’s words - it DOESN’T lie! I hardly think you can find a moral equivalence there.!

    Here’s a nice link to see the real Mitt Romney - no reporters, the only photographer was the guy that owned the place.

    Romney closed down his huge offices when an employee’s child went missing - sent everyone out to find her - and they did.

    Romney had guests over one day when his son came in from sailing and told his dad that he’d lost the anchor - it had become untied from the boat. Mitt could have bought 1000 anchors, but that wouldn’t have taught his son responsibility - so he excused himself from his guests for a little while, got in his wet suit and went out with his son searching until they found the anchor - wanted his son to learn a good lesson about responsibility.

    When Mitt had won the governership in Mass (but before he was sworn in) one of his volunteers asked, “So what should we call you?” Romney smiled and said, “Mitt!”

    Romney’s the real deal - happy, honest, faithful, energetic, successful and incredibly brilliant! He got his law degree and his MBA at the SAME TIME! And finished in the top of his class in both schools. He’s a good Christian, he’s strong on defense, he’s brilliant on economy, he’s done amazing community service - and he can wipe the floor with anyone he debates including the Beast or the Empty Suit!


    Comment by ladymar - January 29, 2008 @ 3:33 am
  127. Bottom line: In addition to having a horrific temper. HE IS A LIBERAL! Hello! Will the real conservatives of this party wake up and see where John McCain plans on taking us? (Ask his handicap 1st wife he abandoned). McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, McCain Lieberman. Yikes. What is next, McCain-Chavez, McCain-Castro, McCain-Lenin. I expect the check pants, country club Rhinos to vote for the angry little man, but true conservatives need to get behind Romney and put that man in office.

    Comment by Conservone77 - January 29, 2008 @ 3:53 am
  128. Any body who tells someone to f*ck off is the guy we need in the white house. This guy is gettin’ my vote. These cry babies that complain are a bunch of pussies. Thats the trouble today. I hope he tells Putin , the Saudis , and Europe to f*uck off too!

    Comment by Don Twomey - January 29, 2008 @ 5:02 am
  129. Folks need to seriously consider the ramifications of this man as our world leader…. “McCain’s racist remark very troubling”

    McCain is full of surprises. Especially the “October” variety… a nomination that would be a true gift to the democrats.

    Comment by Daniel - January 29, 2008 @ 5:12 am
  130. Romney can say whatever he wants about McCain without “breaking Reagan’s 11th Commandment” since McCain is not a Republican. McCain will be the death of the Republican Party. He’s obviously loved by the media since they haven’t referred to him accurately that is to say; as a negative, lying, illegal immigrant loving, big government, flip-flopper (remember amnesty?).

    Comment by Evan - January 29, 2008 @ 5:15 am
  131. Guys who think all you need to show you’re tough is a foul mouth are sorry examples of manhood.

    I’d rather have a man of resolve who acts like a man and speaks like a gentleman. A mild expletive here or there I can tolerate, but a guy who behaves like a two-year-old with a potty mouth does not get my respect…or vote.

    No to McCain! I’m voting for the grown-up. I’m voting Mitt Romney! Help us out here, Florida! Send McCain his walking papers! Romney in ‘08!

    Comment by KE - January 29, 2008 @ 5:16 am
  132. “Moral Judgement of John McCain? Didn’t he divorce his crippled wife of many years for the young, rich, hot Cindy?”

    Keep in mind, it took McCain a long time to get over his time as a POW. That changes people. And it’s not like he left Cindy hanging. She’s pretty well taken care of.

    Romney would get stomped by Hillary and/or Obama. You can choose the world-class Kerry-copy never-failed-at-anything-in-his-life-Romney, or you can choose the guy who’s worked for everything, and worked hard. McCain, whether you agree with some of his policies or not, is the more authentic candidate, and has proven he can reach across the aisle; something Romney isn’t going to be able to do as Mr. ‘Washington is broken.’

    Vote for Romney, and watch the nastiest election cycle in history as the Romney/Clinton machines draw blood from one another, or vote for McCain, and see the real issues brought up, discussed, and dealt with. Nobody in this campaign has attacked his opponents more (esp the potential frontrunners) than Romney. Call off the attack dogs.

    Comment by Seer - January 29, 2008 @ 5:20 am
  133. Hey KE why don’t you go f**k yourself you emasculated wheasly little sh*t of a f*g.

    Comment by Jim Baird - January 29, 2008 @ 5:22 am
  134. McCain needs to treat hillie/teddy/nancy/harry/etc. as he does the conservatives.

    If he did, the liberals and MSM would scream bloody murder.

    Comment by Jack Kennedy - January 29, 2008 @ 5:31 am
  135. Sorry, but I frankly have had my fill of McCain and his war stories. It’s “what have you done for me lately”. not “I’m gonna milk my experiences from 40 years ago until I’m President”. Don’t we want to get out of Iraq, anyway???

    The fact is that McCain is old, and is not terribly popular among his Republican colleages… while Romney is someone new on the scene with great RECENT experience. No poilitian is a saint; all we have to do is look at how the Clintons are conducting themselves for reference.

    I vote for Romney, hands-down, since he has the background to make people accountable. i.e. clean up government. McCain is only the same ‘ole story - spend and tax RINO.

    Comment by TheWIseOne - January 29, 2008 @ 6:26 am
  136. McCain is like John Goodman’s character in The Big Lebowski: every single situation and problem goes back to Vietnam (Iraq in McCain’s case). McCain is a hammer who sees every problem as a nail. John - if you are so qualified to “protect” this country, then go and get yourself appointed to Secretary of Defense or some other Pentagon position so you can sit and dream about war all day while cooler heads decide if it is necessary to unleash you on the world.

    Oh - and none of you have mentioned that McCain finished 844th out of 849 students at the Naval Academy. Stupid and hotheaded mix poorly in a President. Bush is a total idiot, but at least he is an amiable idiot.

    Ron Paul is the only man with any brains in that group who is truly committed to fiscal conservatism - eliminating the IRS…PERIOD. Go Ron Paul!!

    Comment by Matt - January 29, 2008 @ 6:50 am
  137. McCain is too old, too grumpy and to mean-spirited to lead our country. He thinks he is cute when he trashes Romney with his cynical laugh. American voters see thru his game. He’s not for straight talk, he’s for cheap talk. McCain doesn’t possess the presidential qualities that are found in Mr. Romney. McCain needs to work with Juan Hernandez in Mexico - that is more compatible with his agenda.

    Comment by Biker Babe - January 29, 2008 @ 6:58 am
  138. Editorial:
    We have been under a constant barrage of negative ads launched by Sen. McSnake against Romney down here in Florida over the weekend. So don’t tell us about Romney turning negative.

    Comment by HL Mencken - January 29, 2008 @ 7:04 am
  139. So McCain gets upset at politicians. Don’t you?

    He sounds just about normal to me. Those insider guys are all polite to each other, knowing like Michael Corleone in Godfather, Part II, “Senator, we’re both part of the same conspiracy …”. They’re all together in milking the taxpayers. But McCain, being a normal person, refuses to accept that.

    Vote for McCain; a real-life normal person running for President. He’ll tell the truth, he’ll unify the nation, he’ll protect our country.

    Comment by QuietAmerican - January 29, 2008 @ 7:19 am
  140. A “Loose Cannon” is correct. And you DO NOT want your Commander in Chief to be a “Loose Cannon”

    Comment by John Handcock - January 29, 2008 @ 7:20 am
  141. Editorial:
    Florida has been under a constant barrage of attacks directed against Mitt by Senator McSlime since Friday. So don’t tell us about Mitt’s having turning negative.
    HL Mencken

    Comment by H Mencken - January 29, 2008 @ 7:20 am
  142. Everyone reread post #5 by Gregory Wood. Best summary of John McCain posted here. I’d rather take a chance on a Washington outsider like Romney (who actually understands a balance sheet), than play musical chairs with Washington insiders like hothead McCain. I’d rather take the chance that we MIGHT be screwed by this outsider, than vote for a government squatter who guarantees it.

    Comment by stonebridge - January 29, 2008 @ 7:48 am
  143. I wish that Homeland Security would send ICE teams to monitor the Florida polling places. Only illegal aliens would vote for a traitor like John McCain.

    Comment by John - January 29, 2008 @ 7:50 am
  144. There is a long standing joke on The Hill that John McCain has never met a fellow Senator that he hasn’t told to “Go F*CK yourself”.

    Comment by T Schwarz - January 29, 2008 @ 7:56 am
  145. I could never vote for a man who uses profanity. McCain’s language reveals the small man that he is.

    Comment by HT Springer - January 29, 2008 @ 7:59 am
  146. This isn’t an attack but a recounting of facts.

    McCain will be toast once he loses Florida.

    Go Mitt!

    Comment by kevin - January 29, 2008 @ 8:00 am
  147. Most of you are ignorant to history. In regards to McCain having a temper problem, look at other President’s in American history such as George Washington, Samual Adams, Anrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Clinton, etc.

    To all those who call McCain a bully. Get over it. I am sure you have cursed people out before. This is not a big deal.

    While I certainly do not agree with him on most issues, and while he is not as conservative as I would like, at least the man has some principles, which is more than I can say for Romney. In fact, Romney considered himself an independent a decade ago, not a conservative! On every major issue Romney has changed his position to suite the constituency he was going after.

    I think many of us conservatives forget how defeated Kerry. We destroyed him because of his flip-flopping issues. If Romney gets the nomination, the democrats will use our own tactics against us and destroy Romney. Romney is the weakest of all candidates and if you do the research, you will find how many skeletons Romney has in his closet.

    By the way, there is still time for Newt Gingrich to get into the race (especially if there is a brokered convention). I would advise anyone who is unhappy with the current candidates to go to Newt’s website and encourage him to run!!

    Comment by Nick - January 29, 2008 @ 8:01 am
  148. Good for Romney. McCain gives me the creeps. He is much too nasty to be president. Ditto, Hillary Clinton.

    Comment by mauren - January 29, 2008 @ 8:03 am
  149. Romney is a weazel like Bush! He is a conservative from a fiscal standpoint but not a social. Yes,

    McCain is a loose cannon…just like Reagan was and that is how we won the cold war, by scaring the shit out of our potential enemies to keep them guessing and scared. Weazel Romney has no way of beating Osama or Hillary in the general election so you better vote Mac!!!!!

    Comment by Jason - January 29, 2008 @ 8:10 am
  150. Not only is this all true about McCain, but he is a whiner as well.

    Comment by va - January 29, 2008 @ 8:15 am
  151. This is good. Being a Mitt “early voter”, have always thought he was too soft and nice to his nasty opponents. A Romney win in FL today is a defeat for Mel Martinez (a Kennedy Republican lackey) and Charlie Crist (a lackey for anybody who can help further his polital aspirations from Gov of fl to VP for anybody). By the way, McCain had Charlie Keating (remember from the Keating 5 S&L scandal days) campaigning here in JAX yesterday. Is he hoping for Secretary of the Treasury position? Go,Mitt!!!

    Comment by kay, fl - January 29, 2008 @ 8:18 am
  152. Read todays George Will column about McCain’s dishonesty over at

    “If, this autumn, voters must choose between Clinton and McCain, they will face, at least stylistically, an echo, not a choice.”

    “Obama is running against two Clintons — or one and a fraction of one, given how much she has been diminished by her overbearing spouse. Romney is marginally better off running against a Clinton impersonator.”

    America deserves better than Clinton or McCain.

    Comment by Dobby - January 29, 2008 @ 8:20 am
  153. Anybody who would side with Toad Kennedy needs to have their head examined.

    Comment by Chet Sanson - January 29, 2008 @ 8:24 am
  154. We need a president with conviction. McCain is passionate when needed and diplomatic when needed. A good president is both.

    Comment by Doug - January 29, 2008 @ 8:25 am
  155. Wow, talking about desperation!Is this all that can be found by the Romney camp. All this tells me is that when McCain gets angry he swears,,,,,wow how sad that Romney is rleasing this garbage ,,lets put Romney in a cage for 5 years and torture him and see if he comes out with no anger.McCain is a good man with a short fuse, now if thats all that he has in closet,,, I guess I will vote for him.

    Comment by lee cole - January 29, 2008 @ 8:26 am
  156. McCain is a politically-befuddled crackpot and a liar.

    Comment by BlueMax372 - January 29, 2008 @ 8:31 am
  157. If McCain gets the nomination expect this to be used incessantly by the Dems. The first anger-induced rage he goes in on the campaign train will be played over and over again and he will be done.

    Comment by Cory - January 29, 2008 @ 8:35 am
  158. On half of the things I agreed with him. I don’t care much for this idea of loyalty to the party when the party…my party…screwed things up the way they have since we’ve been in power. Our party hasn’t been very true to its principles and we look more like liberals every day. Especially when it comes to spending. (Prescription drugs, education, etc.) I’m sick of the whole damn mess.

    Comment by jack - January 29, 2008 @ 8:39 am
  159. I am a republican and a conservative. This morning I voted for Mitt. There was no way I was voting for McCain/Feingold/Kennedy/Lieberman/et al This past weekend a McCain campaign minion called me. I told him he was wasting his time on me; there is no way I was going to vote for his boy. He asked whom I was voting for. I told him either Rudy or Mitt. He old me he wanted to “help me”. I asked, “Help me with what?” He answered, “Help to to vote for McCain.” I repeated my stance against McCain and advised him to call someone else. He asked me why I was against McCain. I told him McCain is a liberal. He told me that Rudy and Mitt are liberals and that MCCAIN is NOT A LIBERAL!!! I disagreed. He asked me why I thougth Mac is a liberal. I said, “I’ll give you one example, but I’m not going to argue with you about this. McCain/Feingold.” The guy was completely silent for 20 seconds while I could hear paper shuffling. He finally replied with, “You don’t like McCain/Feingold?” What a lame comeback!!! Moral of the story? McCain is a liberal/republican which is a freak of nature in and of itself. What’s worse is his own campain staff cannot answer to McCain’s liberal voting record. What’s worse, a liberal republican or a liberal democrat? Neither one! A liberal is a liberal and John McCain is a liberal! Go Mitt and/or Rudy!

    Comment by curt - January 29, 2008 @ 8:47 am
  160. McCain - Fiengold, McCain - Kennedy, McCain - Libermann, that said it all

    Comment by frank - January 29, 2008 @ 8:53 am
  161. Even so, he was not in a good mood. McCain was yelling at the top of his lungs and poking the chest of a young Republican volunteer who had set up a lectern that was too tall for the 5-foot-9 politician to be seen to advantage…

    If I had been that volunteer McCain would have had the shortest Senate career in history. They would be burying him the next day minus one finger.

    Comment by Big Dog - January 29, 2008 @ 9:04 am
  162. hey nick,eff you.Hope you can get over it sbag.

    Comment by kevin - January 29, 2008 @ 9:05 am
  163. R.I.N.O.
    Mitt isn’t sleeping with Kennedy!

    Comment by Rob - January 29, 2008 @ 9:09 am
  164. Umm, this makes me like Senator McCain even more. He’s human for God’s sake and I’d rather him express himself in a realistic manner than be some Manchurian candidate and give robotic responses. I’m glad he has passion. I’m glad he’s real. Thank God for John McCain!

    Comment by Beth - January 29, 2008 @ 9:17 am
  165. McCain = Amnesty

    Comment by Victor - January 29, 2008 @ 9:21 am
  166. McCain is the real Manchurian Candidate.

    Comment by Scott - January 29, 2008 @ 9:22 am
  167. Juan McCain - a Ted Kennedy KissÄss, phony republican. Need I say more? Go MITT !!!

    Comment by Pixie - January 29, 2008 @ 9:25 am
  168. what is romney supposed to do. you saw him in the beginning when he was trying to be positive but it wa mc cain and huckabee who started it. romney has to defend himself against this constant barrage of attacked by mc cain, who i firmly believe has a mental problem.

    Comment by sara - January 29, 2008 @ 9:32 am
  169. Two more high negatives against McCain McAmnesty:
    Univision Billionaire:
    Campaign Advisor Juan Hernandez:

    Comment by Marge - January 29, 2008 @ 9:37 am
  170. New Link to McCain Illegal Alien supporting billionaire:

    Comment by Marge - January 29, 2008 @ 9:39 am
  171. I can see the author is very religious (Not!). “Reagan’s so-called 11th commandment, something along the lines of, “though shalt not attack fellow Republicans.”” [ever read a Bible? It’s “thou”, not “though”.

    Comment by Dave - January 29, 2008 @ 9:44 am
  172. I’d like McCain to explain the logic in fighting an all out war in Iraq against the terrorists, while leaving a 1,600 mile back door - the Mexican border - wide open for all to enter. I wonder how many thousands of terrorists have strolled across the border already. His straight talk should now be to confess that his immigration plan is, in fact, an amnesty plan. No, McCain is not the man for this job. His craving for the approval of the AMerican Left is disquieting. He is the candidate of the American mainstream drive-by media.

    Comment by pokenhorn - January 29, 2008 @ 9:46 am
  173. And THIS is the guy whose finger we want to have next to the “deploy” button????? Good heavens!!!! He scares the hell out of me!!! When I vote for a president, you BET I will consider their temperament!!! And John McCain’s temperament is proven to be faulty!!! And THAT is not a personal statement. A personal statement, IF I were going to say one, would be something like this….”I’m not voting for John McCain because he’s only 5′6″ and suffers from Little Man Syndrome…” Now THAT would be personal. If I were going to say something personal. Which I’m not…..

    Comment by Kim - January 29, 2008 @ 9:48 am
  174. Wow, so with Thompson out we’re left Mittens vs. McCrazy, neither of whom are proper conservatives. A vote for a Donk is a vote for socialism, which has been sooo very successful for growth and prosperity all around the world. BLEAGH. One way or another this November our choices are a Giant Douche or a Turd Sandwich.

    God Bless America.

    Comment by J - January 29, 2008 @ 9:49 am
  175. Being from Massachusetts and having seen Mitt up close and personal so to speak, I support him as a conservative and a man of his word. McCain is lying about Mitt. As he see’s his chance to be elected slip away his temper will get worse and worse. The most liberal and bias newspapers in the country support McCAin….enough said.

    Comment by Patti - January 29, 2008 @ 9:52 am
  176. GO RON GO!!!!!!!!!!!! Ron Paul is the only choice.

    Comment by Troy Dennis - January 29, 2008 @ 9:54 am
  177. They’re being too nice to McCain here….he’s 5′7″, not 5′9″!!! He’ll be looking UP at the Chinese in negotiations. The only reason he has a chance is because of the media’s treatment, and because of Giuliani’s poor strategy. Let’s hope Florida gets it right today.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 9:55 am
  178. I was on the fence about voting for McCain, mainly due to his immigration stance. The information in this article definitely makes me want to vote for him. We need a person in the white house that will vote for principles and not just vote for the establishment party line. McCain has consistently done that. Many people may not like certain principles (like my disagreement over his immigration stance), but few can deny that McCain is unlike most other senators and is not a creature that is driven by the desires of PAC contributors or polling data.

    Comment by BK - January 29, 2008 @ 9:56 am
  179. McCain’s InSane in the MemBrain.
    McCain’s InSane in the MemBrain. C’mon and say it people!
    McCain’s InSane in the MemBrain.

    Comment by Maltboy! - January 29, 2008 @ 9:57 am
  180. BK - Great point…we want a President who will tell another head of state to F**K off when negotiations go sour!! Just what we need, a Napoleon complex and admittedly “huge ego” in the White House. Scary.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 10:00 am
  181. Please wake up America.. the main stream media is trying to elect John McCain. DON”T LET IT HAPPEN

    Comment by Pattti - January 29, 2008 @ 10:04 am
  182. I have two words for all of you who think he is some kind of principled, integrity-filled, outsider “Maverick”: KEATING FIVE.

    I just voted for RON PAUL…there goes one less McCain vote. He is a dangerous LITTLE TINY ANGRY man. He’s Ross Perot with smaller ears and much less understanding of the economy. I wish I could smack him in his big mouth.

    Comment by Matt - January 29, 2008 @ 10:15 am
  183. McCamesty is a “half-pint” clown, and I don’t want to hear about his “war hero” status that he doesn’t have. If he only had applied this much moxy to his captors in Viet-Nam, he probably wouldn’t have earned the title “song-bird”. He just isn’t presidential in any area, if it be looks (midget-like with short stubby arms) or in temperment (foul language). Oh BTW, he was at the bottom of his class at Annapolis (where he wouldn’t have been if it weren’t for his Admiral daddy), which tells you that he doesn’t have much between the ears. The only thing nice I can offer in relation to this traitor is that his wife is “easy on the eyes”.

    Comment by JOG - January 29, 2008 @ 10:21 am
  184. For all you McLame supporters, I will say just 1 thing regarding his so called conservative credentials. Endorsed by the NY TIMES/SLIMES. I am not a Morman either. I live in NY and I am a life long Republican. For the 1st time in my voting life I admit I will not vote for McCain in November if he is the Nominee. I know, I know. What about Hillary?? I would rather a Democrat win then McCain, at least the Republican Party wont be saddled with this nut or the blame afterwards.

    Comment by Brian - January 29, 2008 @ 10:27 am

    Comment by doctordoctor - January 29, 2008 @ 10:27 am
  186. The GOP has a loser on it’s hands with John Ace McCain. He even sold out Viet Nam POW’s by slamming the door closed on their efforts to further investigate remains. And at the same time, he’s for amnesty for illegals. Talk about Pro War, here’s your guy! He’d be a slam dunk for the Democrats. Fortunately, I don’t think he make it to nominee. It would be GOP suicide.

    Comment by al laney - January 29, 2008 @ 10:34 am
  187. Had to come back and offer support for the real conservative, original republican. The one with that offers real change in status quo. The one with real intelligence and understanding of governmental authority: The Good Doctor, Ron Paul!

    Comment by al laney - January 29, 2008 @ 10:38 am
  188. Didn’t the Boston Herald endorse McCain? It should not be a surprise that they would distort the facts of the date of released of the memo Vs. Romney’s statements.

    I find it funny that McCain gets a pass on his flip flop of many issues, and Romney gets called a flip flopper because he changes his mind about abortion. McCain has lied about Romney’s record and has lied about the Amnesty bill not being amnesty.

    McCain will not get my Vote…Romney is the most conservative in the race.

    Comment by Jas - January 29, 2008 @ 10:42 am
  189. I may have to vote for this guy, particularly if Hillary is up against him, but I might have to stay home. I worked in the Senate and know personally of TWO incidents, a dozen years apart, where McCain yelled at two Senate staffers on the Senate Floor, so loud that spectators were leaning over the gallery walls to see what the heck was happening. And here’s the kicker: they were both WOMEN staffers. Now if I have two FRIENDS (and I don’t have that many friends LOL) who have been chewed out by a US Senator, that means he does it alot. I hate to evoke the scars that this patriot attained defying the enemy and defending ME in Viet Nam, but the guy is wound too tight to be trusted in a crisis.

    Comment by KansasRepublican - January 29, 2008 @ 10:42 am
  190. This is typical slander and dirty politics. Plain and simple, McCain is honest and says how he feels. He isn’t controlled by the right wing evangelicals and corporate america. He might now be right on all issues but he is a hero, straight talker and a natural leader. He can work with people and get things done for the benefit of America.

    Comment by Ben - January 29, 2008 @ 10:44 am
  191. I love it! Everyone of those republicans he accosted are right-wing nut jobs. Bravo McCain. Just earned some respect from this voter.
    Kinda aorry how he treated the young fella, though.

    Comment by dave - January 29, 2008 @ 10:45 am
  192. The memo doesn’t even tell the half of it. Another Republican Senator told me essentially the same thing; that McCain can’t control his temper. People need to know that if they vote for McCain they are voting to put an unbalanced egomaniac into a position where he could, if not blow up the planet, at least cause a lot of damage to what’s left of America’s reputation in the world.

    Comment by Juvenal88 - January 29, 2008 @ 10:54 am
  193. From Dave: I love it! Everyone of those republicans he accosted are right-wing nut jobs.
    Yeah sure, when he does it to your left wing libs you’ll be whining like a baby.

    From Dave: Kinda aorry how he treated the young fella, though.
    Hey what the hell its just John McCain.
    This guy is dangerous and unfit for the Presidency.

    Comment by Brian - January 29, 2008 @ 10:54 am
  194. McCain has my vote. Romney stands for nothing.

    Comment by Walter - January 29, 2008 @ 10:57 am
  195. I’ll never vote for McCain. I’d rather be front stabbed by Hillary than back stabbed by McCain.

    McCain was:
    Against the Bush tax cuts. (He certainly knows nothing about economics)

    For Amnesty for illegal aliens

    Member of the Gang of 14 in the Senate that derailed conservative judge appointments.

    McCain/Feingold - stifling free speech.

    McCain/Leiberman - will damage our economy and hurt consumers

    McCain/Kennedy - ridiculous immigration reform

    Plus McCain thought about running as V.P. with John Kerry.

    Endorsed by New York Times.

    Loved by liberal main stream media.

    McCain is not a Republican. He’s a RINO.

    Comment by dobermangang - January 29, 2008 @ 11:01 am

    Comment by rican - January 29, 2008 @ 11:05 am
  197. Never know, maybe this whack job mccain will experience a major public meltdown along the campaign trail. In recent pictures mccain looks to be frothing at the mouth. When he freaks out, men in white coats can be on hand to bag and tag the toad, then toss him into a waiting meat wagen and haul away that lunatic. After more heavy medication, his fellow inmates at the Puzzle Palace can elect mccain President of the drool cup storage facility. Anybody who votes for this mccain character should probably be in the nut house with him.

    Comment by Brad - January 29, 2008 @ 11:08 am
  198. I realize I’m just a southern redneck to the boston elitist liberals,but inspite of Romney coming from taxatucitts I will show my new found diversity and multi-culturalism and vote for MITT ROMNEY!

    Comment by Earl - January 29, 2008 @ 11:10 am
  199. McCain was the leader of the “gang of 14″ who vowed to halt filibusters of judicial nominees (in 2005.) Last night in the SOTU address, President Bush again had to ask for a straight up or down vote for nominees.

    McCain represents what is wrong with politics as usual. Either the “gang of 14″ were all liars, or none of them had the integrity to point out that their fellow “gang” members violated their written promise.

    In either case, we don’t need to reward his duplicitous behavior with the nomination for president.

    Comment by Mike - January 29, 2008 @ 11:16 am
  200. This is so lame. Some of these guys deserved to be yelled at and I would trust someone who gives you a straight answer than someone who changes his mind when it suits his political ends.

    Comment by Chris - January 29, 2008 @ 11:21 am
  201. In selecting your Presidential candidate, please reflect on the dire consequences of a docile retreat before a relatively small band of Islamic extremists; and, attempt to formulate your own opinion as to the most prudent course of action in the defense of our Nation. It might assist to consider the following scenario: the infiltration of a group of terrorists similar to the Atta cabal with a quantity of weaponized anthrax procured from a rogue state; the acquisition of a single crop-duster aircraft fitted with a dry-agent disseminator; and, the dispersal of that dangerous toxin over an American population center. The loss of American life would be catastrophic. -Or-, is it preferable to pre-empt such fanatics by destroying them on their home turf, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, before they secure the capacity to threaten our homeland? The latter is in fact a key element in current American strategy. Is it advisable to support any candidate who would reverse course and sacrifice the impressive gains against Islamofacists that young Americans have shed their precious blood to achieve? The fact that we have not experienced another 9/11 is not a by-chance occurrence. Further, it’s critical to appreciate the pivotal role that our own border security plays in our “war against terrorism”, keeping in mind that “Amnesty” is anathema to border security. A Nation without enforceable borders will not long survive as a Nation. Mitt Romney is exceedingly strong on each of these principles.

    Greg Neubeck

    Comment by gneubeck - January 29, 2008 @ 11:24 am
  202. go Mitt
    No to mcCain=amnesty

    Comment by ben - January 29, 2008 @ 11:24 am
  203. I have a friend who has worked around McCain in Washington. He has shared many episodes of McCain’s vicious, profane and bigotted temper errupting at the slightest provocation. We Arizonans who know his true persona, would never choose him as our president!

    Comment by Don - January 29, 2008 @ 11:34 am
  204. How dare someone like Romney call John McCain,a national hero “a loose canon”. I will right now,right here call Romney a LIAR if he says he never lost his temper and called someone an a—-hole. I simply don’t believe it. And now that we’ve taken the gloves off how about what Romney
    MUST believe if he is a mormon.Someone should recite the beliefs of the mormons just once. Although they are Christians their beliefs are just about impossible for any rantional person to swallow. Just ask a mormon.

    Comment by JW McKernan - January 29, 2008 @ 11:35 am
  205. We live in Texas and we have fought McCain all summer on immigration issues. Talk about flip-flopper. Anyone who cares about the illegal immigration situation should vote for anyone BUT McCain. Temperment should be a huge issue for all of us - we want someone who has self-control in the white house. McCain is not a republican and never has been. It’s ironical that McCain calls himself a “straight shooter” as he is anything but straight with us.

    Comment by Kim - January 29, 2008 @ 11:44 am
  206. McCain has been in Washington 26 years. He could have chosen to introduce legislation to protect the borders before illegal aliens started to come by the millions. But now he sees the light. Do you really believe that!

    McCain could have introduced legislation to encourage hydrogen as a replacement to oil as our main fuel source . But now he realizes that paying hundreds of billions of dollars to the Middle East, not only has given them the cash to buy America, we are energy dependent on our enemies. Actually he doesn’t realize it, it’s lip service.

    McCain could have introduced legislation to give tax relief to business and make them more competitive which would have kept jobs at home.

    McCain was at liberty to create a think tank and come up with ingenious ways to provide affordable health care, but he didn’t.

    McCain has been at liberty for 26 years to lead the charge for nuclear energy in American, but it obviously wasn’t on his top-10 list.

    McCain and hundreds of like him in Washington could have proffered legislation that would have prevented many of the problems we have. Are we to believe after decades that McCain & comrades have had a change of heart.

    Any competent psychologist will tell you that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. As long as you don’t hold McCain to any of his campaign promises, you won’t be disappointed if he takes the United States south, just as fast as Obama & Clinton would.

    Blame our problems on the Presidents of the United States if you like, the Congress of the United States makes our laws!!!

    Who wants a president where the obvious becomes obvious 26 years too late!!! Give me a president with vision…not hindsight. Give me a president that can learn from history and prevent us from making the same stupid mistakes that have ruined other nations.

    As for McCain’s claim to leadership, it’s pretty apparent that he sits on his butt for 26 years, until somebody else tells him the problems have been under his nose all the time he’s been in Congress.

    And please, don’t use McCain’s name in the same sentence with President & General George Washington. He was one of the most noble men to ever walk on American soil. And if he were alive today, he’d be the first and most vocal to tell the American people that McCain type politics undermine the Constitution of the United States of America.

    And sadly, nearly half of America would “boo” him. Does that tell you how far we’ve departed from the vision of our Founding Fathers?

    Comment by Wayne - January 29, 2008 @ 11:47 am
  207. Earl#189
    I was born and raised Bostonian. It is generally believed that Massachusetts has become so extreme looney left wing oriented because of the many major colleges and universities being there. The empty headed liberals attended school in Massachusetts with many of them stayed on for the rest of their lives, Arrogant limosine liberals infect every aspect of society in Massachusetts with most working either for academia or government. Old time JFK conservative democrats like myself fled Massachusetts years ago having been driven out by overt taxation and an oppresive heavy hand of the stalinist state government.

    Despite the toxic atmosphere fostered by the liberal left in Massachusetts, a good man like Mitt Romney was elected and was a popular governor though only serving the one term. He was able to keep the liberal bastards somewhat under control. If people in Massachusetts have a complaint against Romney, it is that he left them too soon and at the mercy of the left wing fascist demons that are now in charge again.

    When elected, Mister Romney will no doubt be one of, if not the most intelligent and gifted men ever to hold the highest office of the United States. As President, he will make us proud again. We must not let this perhaps last opportunity to save our wonderful country slip away. The alternatives are far too dark and dangerous being filled with likely disaster.

    Hopefully our friends and fellow patriots in Florida will vote for Mitt Romney

    Comment by Bob - January 29, 2008 @ 11:48 am
  208. We have several Mormons in our neighborhood and I have found them to be helpful, service-oriented, family-oriented and the kind of people I would like to be. They don’t profess to be perfect but they sure try. The comments by Don are mean, biggoted and not accurate. I would hazzard a guess that Mr. Romney does not make a habit of calling his associates f-ers or a-holes A war veteran does not necesarily make a good president - there has to be more. We don’t owe Mr. McCain the presidency due to his military service. By the way, Mr. McCain did not lead the largest squadron in the navy in the battlefield - he was an instructor and trainer in a building. When he says that he lead the largest squadron, it is a misleading statement - most of us felt like he was in the battlefield leading soldiers and this is simply not the case. RESEARCH THE CANDIDATES and their positions and their characters - the answers are out there!!

    Comment by Steve - January 29, 2008 @ 11:48 am
  209. John McCain is a war hero, and I honor his service to the country. That, however, does not qualify him to be President.

    His political career has been filled with examples of compromise and (in my opinion) bad judgement. That rediculous campaign finance bill is a prime example. I’ll never forget his defense of that bill: “It’s all that money making good people do bad things.” What a crock! (I’m reminded of the old joke … we’ve already established you’re a whore, now we’re negotiating price!) His bill curbs free speech … strange position for a “straight talker!”

    Comment by Mike - January 29, 2008 @ 11:56 am
  210. I would rather have a war hero who uses the F-word now and then than a crazy Mormon who believes he will be a god one day by wearing “holy” pajamas at all times. Will Romney baptize the dead while he is in office?

    Comment by Will - January 29, 2008 @ 11:57 am

    Comment by ferd - January 29, 2008 @ 12:02 pm
  212. Mike, Tell me that you are really not that iggnorant.

    Comment by vicki - January 29, 2008 @ 12:03 pm
  213. Romney earned his money the hard way- he worked for it.
    McCain admits having an affair with a beautiful rich young girl whom he married.

    Comment by martha - January 29, 2008 @ 12:04 pm
  214. McCain is smart, honest and thinks for himself. He has many admirers in both parties. Temper? Try Bill Clinton, famous for his outbursts. Romney is dishonest, untrustworthy and has no foriegn policy experiance. McCain’s the man.

    Comment by kluth - January 29, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
  215. All ya McCain supporters need to google Senate Armed Forces Select Committee on POW/MIAs. There are numerous articles to be read. Basically, what they say is that J.Fing.Kerry and McCain held Senate hearings for years on POWs held by Viet Nam. Disregaurding 22,000 pages of evidence they concluded their were no POW’s left. Closed the hearings and shreaded the 22,000 pages. Then they supported normalizing relations with Viet Nam. As an ex Special Forces soldier I can not believe this has gone unspoken for years. It’s still a major sore point for us olde timmers. I would have thought it would have came out with Kerry’s Presidential run. Please research this for yourselves and if you belief it spread the word. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!

    Comment by Mac-101 - January 29, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
  216. About time for SOMEONE to make available to the American people, especially those of us who vote, a sample listing of McCain’s temper/outbursts.

    His temper and outbursts have been known for a long time and we DO NOT need an individual that is short-tempered serving as POTUS with their finger “on the button” and who goes off on others for trivial reasons. This point ALONE disqualifies McCain from holding the highest office in land.

    However, we DO need that kind of outrage channeled into taking out the Islamic fundamentalist terrorists with a total war strategy with the implementation of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others before they do unto you!” — since they have already “done unto us” on 9/11/2001!

    Comment by Mark - January 29, 2008 @ 12:18 pm
  217. Mccain doesn’t know a thing about the economy- He says he will rely on Jack Kemp. We need Romney, he is a proven economic leader.

    Comment by TNed - January 29, 2008 @ 12:20 pm
  218. It seems that McCain has a record of accusing his opponents of being unelectable vs. the potential opponent. He adamantly stated that Bush would be defeated by Gore and now he states that Romney would stand no chance against Hillary. It’s bull. As far as I’m concerned McCain and Hillary could run on the same ticket… they are both big government, pro-amnesty, and they both hate Republicans.

    Comment by mom2tillie - January 29, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
  219. Very weak points. If you had to babysit a bunch of crooked cry baby politicians (like Romney) day in and day out, you would occasionally give them a piece of your mind too. I’d rather have McCain in charge than that slick used car salesman Romney.

    Comment by Blah - January 29, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
  220. In response to 195. You suggest all ask Mormons what they believe. Here are their articles of faith.

    We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

    We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

    We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

    We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

    We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

    We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

    We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

    We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

    We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

    We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

    We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

    Comment by Answerman - January 29, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
  221. I can’t believe McCain has been getting so much press in the last few weeks. He really is not that impressive as a leader. In contrast, Romney is intelligent and capable, and has proven himself time and time again in challenging circumstances. Don’t we need positive change? I can’t even believe the issue is being debated!

    Comment by Dave - January 29, 2008 @ 12:32 pm
  222. Hey will, why don’t you put down the comic book for awhile and try to learn something within the realm of reality. If you’ve got even a rudimentary level of reading proficiency take a look at the Constitution of the United States. That is the document that your deranged hero McCain pisses all over on a regular basis. Fact is, McCain is anti-American. McCain is a fraud! McCain’s brain is toxic! McCain is disloyal to his party! McCain is an egomaniacal dangerous nut!

    It really is telling that these McCain loving stooge such as this Will character respond with postings that are crude, simplistic and bigoted. These dimwits apparently admire the senator’s rude behavior and vulgar ranting. Guys like Will relate to him because, like themselves, McCain is primitive, contemptible and corrupt. It’s that simple!

    Keep it up Will, support from bootlicks like yourself, categorically help your psycho candidate, John McCain.

    Comment by Captain John - January 29, 2008 @ 12:37 pm
  223. In response to 195:

    It is important to respect others beliefs, even when you disagree with them. Many suggest Mormons are not Christians and that they belong to a cult. First, the name of our faith is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Second, Mormons see Jesus as the Savior of the world, and this is stated repeatedly in the Book of Mormon. Third, those opposing the church Christ established in the New Testament called it a sect, and “everywhere it was spoken against.” Finally, I should admit that our view of Christ is different than others. We believe that God and Christ are separate beings. Besides other scriptures, Acts 7:56 notes that Stephen saw the heavens open and Christ standing on the right hand of God. While we don’t want to force our beliefs on others, we would at least like to be understood.

    Comment by Dave - January 29, 2008 @ 12:42 pm
  224. In response to 201:

    Read Ps 82:6; John 10:34; Acts 17:29; Rom 8:17; Gal 4:7; Eph 4:14; Matt 5:48. Also try Ex 28:2; Ps 104:2; Eccl 9:8; Isa 52:1; Isa 61:10; Dan 7:9; and 1 Cor 15:29.

    Comment by Dave - January 29, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
  225. Why is the truth called an attack? Little man McCain not presidential material.
    Go home, John - as if Arizona would have you back…

    Comment by c'est moi - January 29, 2008 @ 12:50 pm
  226. I bet McCain wanted to post a Top 10 Flip-Flop moments for Romney but then realized it would have to be a Top 100 or more! You’d have to be totally blind, in denial or delusional not to recognize that Romney is a political chameleon with a forked tounge!!!

    At least with McCain, you know what you’re going to get.

    Regardless, Huckabee is the leader we need. He is a leader worthy of respect and can be a President who would restore America’s pride.

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 12:53 pm
  227. Any long term political junkie could tell you about McCain. I have a major, major problem with remembering names. People I have known well for years and years. However, when talking politics if my wife is around I just have to say, uh, uh,the nut, uh.. and she goes “Oh,McCain”. It’s just part of being a Messiah and superior to the little ant people (everybody else) that McCain must put up with. If you were a God among men, you would lose your patience too.

    Comment by moronpolitics - January 29, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
  228. NickQ, McCain has changed positions on more issues more times than Romney. Do the research yourself, rather than trumpet what you’ve heard or read through the MSM. You’re right, though….you do know what you’re going to get - a egotistic, Napeoleonic, ill-tempered little fellow who cannot be trusted to make calm, rational decisions in times of crisis.

    Huckabee? Well, you lost all credibility there.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
  229. Huckafony is another tax and spend lib.
    Go waste your vote.

    Comment by Bribo - January 29, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 1:02 pm
  231. If Huckabee won the nomination, he’d set up a registry, so we could all celebrate by sending him gifts.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 1:04 pm
  232. Hope to Higher Ground - read it and then let’s talk about credibility.

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
  233. Go Mitt in ‘08!

    Comment by Bill - January 29, 2008 @ 1:09 pm
  234. A few years ago, McCain publicly told a “joke” as follows:

    “Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father!”

    You can add this to his long and growing list of impolitic comments.

    Comment by John Kunich - January 29, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
  235. I’m sure this “top ten” list is only the tip of the iceberg. Remember last summer, the young man at the high school that asked Mr. McCain if he thought he was too old to be President. To which McCain responded, something to the tune of, …”shut up you little jerk…! I, for one, do not want a hothead, egomaniac for President.

    Comment by Sunny M - January 29, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
  236. Huckabee clocked in at #6 on Judicial Watch’s List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2007. Clinton was #1, Giuliani #5, and Obama #8. Kind of scary.

    Hey, at least McCain and Romney didn’t make the list!

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 1:17 pm
  237. McCain is a worthless piece of trash. I’d wad him up in the latest edition of the Boston Herald and properly dispose of them both into the nearest waste receptacle. Top that!

    Comment by Kevin - January 29, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
  238. If you want to find out a little bit about the “character” of John McCain, just do a google on “John McCain’s first wife”, there is a volume of information on his political as well as his private life. Find out about the people with whom he surrounds himself. It’s an eye-opener about the media’s ‘conservative” darling.

    Comment by stonebridge - January 29, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
  239. Yeah and Jesus Christ was “counted among criminals” too. Guess Mike’s in good company!!

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
  240. You know, I’ve been on the fence about who to vote for in my state’s primaries, to the point of maybe not voting for any candidate, but reading these really makes me want to vote for McCain. Some of these “attacks” are actually pretty true critiques. And while some seem unjustified, who among us has always done the exact right thing? I’d much rather see McCain saying when people are wrong than Romney making me feel like I’m watching a used car salesman..

    Comment by Justin - January 29, 2008 @ 1:29 pm
  241. Justin, after reading this and you WANT to vote for McCain I think you should just stay home. It’s pretty unbelievable that you haven’t an opinion at this stage of the game so you should stay on the bench.

    Comment by Kevin - January 29, 2008 @ 1:31 pm
  242. Romney is a spoiled rich punk creep with beady eyes and a cult religion. McCain is a hero, a patriot, & a man of honor. To the right-wingh “doom on you” a bunch of pussies and chicken hawks.

    Comment by Wade Collins - January 29, 2008 @ 1:33 pm
  243. He who attacks the First Amendment, loves the idea of amnesty and higher taxes is hardly a patriot Wade.

    Comment by Kevin - January 29, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
  244. Heroes, patriots, and men of honor have a responsibility to act honorably when campaigning, Wade.
    No one is knocking John McCain’s service, but, like Obama’s race and Hillary’s victimhood, that’s not enough to be elected President.

    Comment by c'est moi - January 29, 2008 @ 1:37 pm
  245. The sting of Mitt’s reproach is the truth of it.

    McCain is spending his campaign speeches attacking Mitt, Huckster sends Chuck Norris onto H + C to launch ad homs against Willard, and the media - this paper included - rails daily against Citizen Romney. Jeez, looks like Romney is pulling into the lead, and the establishment is none too happy about that.

    Comment by Nick - January 29, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
  246. Go, Mitt!

    Comment by c'est moi - January 29, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
  247. Mitt Romney is the man for the job. Obviously, McCain can’t behave appropriately under pressure.

    GO MITT 08!!!

    Comment by Lauren - January 29, 2008 @ 1:47 pm
  248. McCain is a worthless piece of trash. I’d wad him up in the latest edition of the Boston Herald and properly dispose of them both into the nearest waste receptacle.

    Comment by Kevin - January 29, 2008 @ 1:53 pm
  249. I am always a little anxious when I hear John McCain speak; I see the wild look in his eyes and listen to his twisted logic and think to myself…this guy might be one step away from the nut house. The only football I want him around is the one he can kick around the asylum yard.

    Comment by SRWallace - January 29, 2008 @ 1:57 pm
  250. McCain suffers from PTSD, in my opinion. I don’t want someone who is emotionally unstable to have his finger on the button. Go Mitt! Save conservatism!

    Comment by MAB - January 29, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
  251. Comparing Huckabee with Jesus….okay, NickQ, your last shred of credibility just went out the door.

    In other news, looks like Wade (#233) and McCain would get along swimmingly.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 2:02 pm
  252. With a temper like this, I wouldn’t want McCain making foreign policy decisions. McCain also says he really doesn’t understand the economy. With this comming down to a two man race, it seems like Romney is the only choice.

    Comment by cbk - January 29, 2008 @ 2:04 pm
  253. Mentally unstable???? Read these comments. If you don’t like McCain I can respect that. Don’t vote for him. Vote for who you believe in. You are doing yourselves a great disservice by acting like angry venom filled fools. When your comments reach this level-NO ONE can RESPECT you.

    Comment by Jay - January 29, 2008 @ 2:20 pm
  254. John McCain and Democrats;

    John McCain/ Ted Kennedy
    John McCain/Dianne Feinstein
    John McCain/Joe Leiberman
    John McCain and Senate Democrats; The famous 14 to stop the Republicans from ending the Judge appointment
    John McCain considered running as John Kerry’s vice President in 2004.

    John McCain working with the Republican Senators; 0

    John McCain divorced his crippled wife to marry a rich blonde!

    Mitt Romney; Has no committment to anyone in Washington. He is his own man, he is a Conservative Republican; He has had the same wife all of his adult life.

    Wht more do you need to know to vote for Mitt Romney.

    Comment by Namnos - January 29, 2008 @ 2:26 pm
  255. The Gang of 14 was the last straw for me. McCain is a backstabbing bastard with no core beliefs. I can’t figure out why any conservative would vote for him.

    Huckabee is just as bad.

    Romney is a flawed candidate but I don’t believe he’s a big government Republican like McCain and Huckabee.

    Comment by Tom K - January 29, 2008 @ 2:28 pm
  256. McCan’t - there you go just like so many others who love to twist things and take them out of context. Every honest reader knows exactly what I was stating. I’m just trying to make the point that things are often not what they appear to be. Just like Romney who looks great on the surface but when you look a little closer you find something else. On the flip side of that, most people look at Huckabee on the surface and see him as a narrow fundamentalist Christian without giving him another thought. But if you look below the surface you find out he is a man of great depth, character and vision. I encourage anyone reading this to look themselves. Go to the website -; read his book ‘From Hope to Higher Ground’ and I’m convinced you will be like many NON-evangenicals who have gotten behind him after seeing him for so who he is - not just an evangelical but a true conservative LEADER with the right stuff to shake up Washington and get the country focused on solving problems and not bickering among ourselves!

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 2:40 pm
  257. Huckabee is the only other candidate who has also only been married to the same wife…AND he says what he means!

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
  258. Tom K - How can you say Huckabee has no core beliefs?? Of all the candidatese, Huckabee is the last one you can say that about! Talk about losing credibility…

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 2:52 pm
  259. NickQ - I actually think Huckabee is well-spoken, and gives pretty good answers when interviewed. So, that’s the way I see him on the surface. However, below the surface, I see someone who repeatedly abused the privileges of his office for personal gain, the instances of which have been well documented. Also, I have a couple well-connected friends in Arkansas who have described the private Huckabee to be very different from the public persona. That’s all…I have nothing against the guy personnaly, I just don’t think he has the conservative credentials and ethical track record to be the GOP nominee.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 2:57 pm
  260. WOW! McCain is getting hammered on most messgage board out there and every radio station and yet the Media still loves him. The Dems would love to have McCain win because at the end of the day win or lose the liberals get the nod. Poor McCain, only if he could do all over again. Oh wait, he wouldn’t change a thing…If McCain wins the conservative movement in this country is OVER, and you can bet AMNESTY to follow. Enjoy the ride…

    Mitt will win and hopefully runs agains’t Clinton.

    Comment by jackandjill - January 29, 2008 @ 2:57 pm
  261. Great, McCain’s foul mouth is a match for Hillary’s (who has been known to have let out more than a few expletives during her White House residency, yes, within earshot of the press).

    Comment by Jeanette - January 29, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
  262. Who wants to bet that if Hillery wins - Bill will be her runnning mate for VP?

    Comment by Tony - January 29, 2008 @ 3:20 pm
  263. Senator McNasty is a pain in the arse and a zionist shill.

    Comment by Tom - January 29, 2008 @ 3:22 pm
  264. Okay McCan’t, now we’re getting somewhere.

    As someone who is a Huckabee supporter and is unaware of what you are alluding to, please provide some references to Huckabee’s “well documented” abuse of personal priviledges. I’m honestly interested.

    I’ve seen a bunch of trumped up accusations against him by the GOP establishment henchmen but everything has been easily discredited and most of those issues are addresed by Huckabee’s “truth squad” on his website.

    However, you are beginning to seem like a reasonable and intelligent person and I’m sure everyone else would like to know what you are refering to specifically. Do tell..

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

    There’s a few. I’m not real comfortable with the 1000+ pardons, either. Especially the convicted rapist and murderer who repeated his offenses after Huckabee pardoned him. I think the Dems would chew up Huck and his record, and spit him out. And I’m sure the Clintons have plenty of Arkansas dirt on him that they would love to unearth.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 3:42 pm
  266. Fellow soldiers should be credited for coming forth, to let
    the general public know what occurred while they served.
    Thus, we should ALL be grateful to the Swiftboat Vets, who let the REAL JOHN KERRY come to light. And, now, we also owe a debt of gratitude for the honesty of the following VETs on letting us know the REAL McCAIN. PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:


    Comment by ITS JO - January 29, 2008 @ 3:44 pm
  267. I am sure that Mitt Romney never used foul language ever in his life. That makes him so dissimilar from the average American that he should just hang it up now and withdraw.

    Most of this stuff, even if true, is hearsay (there are no official quotes to the Congressional Record) and in all of the instances, the other guy was behaving in a distasteful manner.

    I want someone like McCain who is not afraid to fight for what he believes in, even if that means not wearing a pasted-on fake smile all the time. I want someone like McCain who actually did fight for this country and didn’t evade the draft through creative deferments. I want someone like McCain whose children fight for this country, like McCain’s two youngest sons who are in the military - one in Iraq and one in the Navy. Where are Governor Pacifist FlipFlops five sons? Not fighting.

    As I see it, McCain has dedicated every moment of his adult life to the United States of America - 20 years of service in uniform (at an officer level), as a congressman and as a Senator who is able to reach across party lines to form meaningful coalitions. For Mr. Romney, it was money, money, money first, and only then could he deign to serve the people of Massachusetts. He may have saved the games and made himself a lot of money, but Romney stayed far away from public service for the first 25 years of his career. So, what’s his experience? Playing games, cutting jobs at the companies he raided and keeping out of harms’ way. No wonder he doesn’t ever lose his temper.

    Comment by Harry - January 29, 2008 @ 3:57 pm
  268. I believe neither of these men are fit to be our President. The only one speaking truth and not attacking his opponents is Ron Paul. People need to wake up and vote for someone who actually cares about them!

    Comment by Timothy S Livingston - January 29, 2008 @ 4:08 pm
  269. No. 254. These are not “trumpted up” accusations. They are fact:

    Huckabee is NO conservative:

    Mike Huckabee was regarded by fellow Republican governors as a compulsive tax increaser and spender. He increased the Arkansas tax burden by 47 percent, boosting the levies on gasoline and cigarettes. The Arkansas editorialized that Mike Huckabee raised more taxes in 10 years in office than Bill Clinton did in his 12 years.

    The National Education Association endorses any candidate who raises taxes and opposes school choice – thus they endorse Mike Huckabee.

    Huckabee “broadly repudiates core Republican policies such as free trade, low taxes, the essential legitimacy of America’s corporate entities and the market system allocating wealth and opportunity,” according to George Will.

    The Arkansas Ethics Commission held proceedings 20 times on the former governor. During his tenure, Huckabee accepted 314 gifts valued overall at more than $150,000, according to documents filed with the Arkansas secretary of state’s office. (He accepted 187 gifts in his first three years as governor but was not required to report their value.)

    Two months after taking office, Huckabee stunned the state by saying he questioned rapist Wayne DuMond’s guilt and that it was his intention to free the rapist, DuMond murdered a women in Illinois after Huckabee set him free

    Huckabee battled conservatives within his own party who were pushing for stricter state-level immigration measures, such as:.
    - proof of legal status when applying for state services that aren’t federally mandated
    - proof of citizenship when registering to vote
    - Huckabee failed in his effort to make children of illegal immigrants eligible for state-funded scholarships and in-state tuition to Arkansas colleges.

    He joined the Democratic chorus in indicting President Bush for his “arrogant bunker mentality.” Is he in the right party?

    Huck’s use of the “Christian Leader” title and the Cross in his ads and his attempt to denigrate Mitt Romney’s religion is a thinly-veiled attempt to impose a religious test in violation of Article Six of the Constitution

    The Huckster was the keynote speaker at a 1998 anti-Mormon conference in Salt Lake City. And he says he knows nothing about Mormons? And the “Christian Leader” doesn’t want to release his sermons?

    He led the Arkansas Baptists liberal congregations in a dispute with the conservative Southern Baptist Conference.
    Mike fails on so many levels as a true conservative.

    The moniker “Huckster” is well-earned.

    Comment by Bot - January 29, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
  270. I await the apology / retraction from this paper for attributing this to Mitt Romney.

    Comment by JT - January 29, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
  271. I fear for this country if this man winds up commander and chief. He has proven his tamany hall like corruption in the 80,s, remember the keating 5 debacle, His temperment is such that I doubt that the navy ever let him near a nuke. Now he wants the American people to trust him with this power.

    Comment by sicknseattle - January 29, 2008 @ 4:30 pm
  272. With his use of our-letter words only shows his lack of education. We don’t need angry, filthy-mouthed presidents. His running for president is an ego trip of a man who will be 72 and get worse as he ages. His intolerance, his lack of knowledge in economics and math is scary. President Bush has an MBA. We need people with those qualifications.

    Comment by WILLA MILLER - January 29, 2008 @ 4:42 pm
  273. McCan’t - No response? I was hoping you would want to corroborate your comments about Huckabee. I’ll keep looking for your response but in the meantime, I’m concerned you may be one of the GOP establishment hatchet guys who like to try to assasinate Huckabee’s character by making ambiguous allegations :-/

    Thought you all might be interested in hearing some interesting video off of youtube of Mr. Romney in his own words. Note this was put out by liberals!

    To quote Wayne of post 197 of this blog who was actually being critical of John McCain…

    “Who wants a president where the obvious becomes obvious… years too late!!! Give me a president with vision…not hindsight.”

    Wayne - want a President with vision? Check out Mike Huckabee (

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 4:47 pm
  274. Huckabee reminds me of a sleazy used car salesman. He would look great in a red jacket, a purple shirt, and an orange tie standing in front of a Bubba’s Used Car lot.

    Go MITT!!!!

    Comment by Pixie - January 29, 2008 @ 4:52 pm
  275. “A mind convinced against its will is of the same opinion still.”

    So McCainites, we know your mind is made up, but tell me this, how do you personally benefit from McCain politics?

    The illegal aliens controversy. We frequently see a number of 12 million illegals. The number is more likely between 30 & 40 million. Assuming we go into a recession, how much of America’s tax dollar will we pay to the illegals? They have no loyalty to the United States. They don’t salute the flag or repeat the Pledge of Allegiance. They care nothing of the million plus lives our soldiers have willingly sacrificed to secure and preserve our liberties. They dilute the sovereignty of the United States faster than you can blink. Get a copy of “Mexican Mafia” and then try to convince yourself that McCain’s willingness to grant amnesty makes your life and lifestyle secure!

    On the issue of National Security? The Iran war machine is the biggest threat we have. They are fighting a proxy war in Iraq, killing our soldiers without fear of reprisal. Why isn’t McCain if he is so versed on national security, pounding the drums to take out the Iranian military, or do we rely on his not so unique 20-20 hindsight…after the atomic mushroom cloud…to tell us what we should have done. I’m not even smart & I’ll know the answer to that one.

    The economy & prosperity of American citizens? You don’t have to listen very closely to McCain to know he has a disdain for big business. Are you, the reader, currently employed by a business or by the government? Do you want to see your free enterprise employer prosper, be able to keep your job on our soil…do you want better benefits from your employer…or do you want to rely on McCain’s double talk about taxes?

    Education? Our education system is failing badly. What prospects do our children and grandchildren have without the best education in the world? The illegal aliens, who for the most part think so much of education that over 50% of them drop out by the time high school arrives…are ruining the quality of our classrooms. McAmnesty only servers to exacerbate a serious problem.

    Now about the accusations made about Romney’s flips. His opponents and the media make it sound like he’s flipped on every issue imagineable. Name one issue besides the Pro Life issue. And be sure to quote chapter & verse so you’ll have some credibility, and not just repeat rumors started unethically by those who want to smear him.

    I repeat, what do you personally gain with a McCain presidency? A stronger Democratic Republic guided by its Constitution? Maybe a more progressive system of free enterprise…a more innovative & brilliant America (afterall McCain is famous for revolutionary ideas…or did I just make that up?).

    I grant you this. A McCain nomination will be a real eye opener…a revelation as to how well American citizens understand the US Constitution & pledge their allegiance to it.

    Heck, when’s the last time any of us reading these comments, read that supernal document? Now there’s an idea for democrats, republicans & independents…read the US Constitution before jumping on anybody’s bandwagon.

    Here is the oath Presidents are suppose to make: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    That’s plain talk for uphold the sovereignty of the United States.

    I just happen to think that Romney is a man of greater talent, ability, inspiration, integrity, more rounded experience & doesn’t have to consult a poll to know that the greatest institution on the planet is a functional, successful family, that govern themselves according to moral principles.

    That institution has more power to wipe out jails, prisons, and dishonesty in high places AND restore civility towards fellow citizens than the government ever will.

    I’ve never met a Romney, nor do I have any affiliation with their campaign, BUT, I approve of this message!

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” (don’t know source).

    Comment by Wayne - January 29, 2008 @ 4:53 pm
  276. McCain needs a psych evaluation. If you can’t control your own tongue, how can you control a Country?

    Comment by BMOC2001 - January 29, 2008 @ 4:59 pm
  277. NickQ - Been working, sooo sorry for the delay. Here you go.

    There’s a few. I’m not real comfortable with the 1000+ pardons, either. Especially the convicted rapist and murderer who repeated his offenses after Huckabee pardoned him. I think the Dems would chew up Huck and his record, and spit him out. And I’m sure the Clintons have plenty of Arkansas dirt on him that they would love to unearth.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 5:08 pm
  278. NickQPublic.

    For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

    Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

    Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

    Of the many democrats & republicans who started this presidential race, most have dropped out because they didn’t count the cost of winning.

    Romney, more than any candidate “counted the cost.” I like a man that can see beyond the end of his nose. Less chances of failure at the things he determines to accomplish!

    Comment by Wayne - January 29, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
  279. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his own spirit than he that taketh a city.

    Comment by Wayne - January 29, 2008 @ 5:14 pm
  280. NickQ - I’ve been working, soooo sorry for the delay. Here you go:

    There’s a few. I’m not real comfortable with the 1000+ pardons, either. Especially the convicted rapist and murderer who repeated his offenses after Huckabee pardoned him. I think the Dems would chew up Huck and his record, and spit him out. And I’m sure the Clintons have plenty of Arkansas dirt on him that they would love to unearth.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 5:28 pm
  281. All politicians talk about each other. You have to stand up to someone like McCain when he spouts lies about you. Let’s not full ourselves, politics are letting people know what you stand for. If someone say’s something that is not true about someone else and that person does not respond, everyone thinks it’s the truth. It’s just silly to believe that when one politician says something about the other that’s not true, of course there will be a responce.

    Comment by gmaness - January 29, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
  282. NickQ - Apparently, this site is subjective about the comments it posts, because I’ve tried a number of times. Maybe if I post one link at a time…

    There’s a few. I’m not real comfortable with the 1000+ pardons, either. Especially the convicted rapist and murderer who repeated his offenses after Huckabee pardoned him. I think the Dems would chew up Huck and his record, and spit him out. And I’m sure the Clintons have plenty of Arkansas dirt on him that they would love to unearth.

    and another

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 5:32 pm
  283. NickQ - Apparently, this site is subjective about the comments it posts, because I’ve tried a number of times. Maybe if I post one link at a time…

    There’s a few. I’m not real comfortable with the 1000+ pardons, either. Especially the convicted rapist and murderer who repeated his offenses after Huckabee pardoned him. I think the Dems would chew up Huck and his record, and spit him out. And I’m sure the Clintons have plenty of Arkansas dirt on him that they would love to unearth.

    and another…

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 5:35 pm
  284. NickQ - Apparently, this site is subjective about the comments it posts, because I’ve tried a number of times. Maybe if I post one link at a time…

    There’s a few. I’m not real comfortable with the 1000+ pardons, either. Especially the convicted rapist and murderer who repeated his offenses after Huckabee pardoned him. I think the Dems would chew up Huck and his record, and spit him out. And I’m sure the Clintons have plenty of Arkansas dirt on him that they would love to unearth.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 5:43 pm
  285. Okay, it would only let me post one link at a time. Here’s another…

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 5:44 pm
  286. And another…

    The Arkansas Times did a big investigative piece on Huckabee a while back, detailing, in part, how he had computer hard drives smashed prior to leaving the Governor’s office. The thing is, he plays it all off as, awwww shucks, I didn’t know we couldn’t do this and that…so either he’s stupid, or sly like a fox. I’d go with the later, as he’s demonstrated some pretty good smarts and the ability to run a strategic campaign so far.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

    Two excellent exposes of the bulloney we’re hearing from McCain. The detail is revealing…

    Comment by Jason - January 29, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
  288. Straight Talk Express??!! More like EXPRESS BALONEY!!!

    Two excellent exposes on the bulloney we’re hearing from McCain. The details are revealing…

    Comment by Jason - January 29, 2008 @ 5:49 pm
  289. All that said, I can appreciate Huckabee for what/who he is - a good ‘ole boy who isn’t really a threat to get the GOP nomination. And I’d actually prefer him to McCain, although I’d probably take Thompson or Giuliani over either of those two.

    Bottom line - Romney is the best candidate for president from either party, despite the media’s efforts to prove otherwise. He’s an intelligent and honorable man, and will surround himself with the same - a cabinet filled with people of action and achievement, chosen for their abilities and their record, as opposed to repayment of favors. His desire to run is altruistic, and stems from a desire to help the country and make it a better place with a brighter future.

    Comment by McCan't - January 29, 2008 @ 5:57 pm
  290. I agree (w/ #283 (McCan’t)…

    Who would think?! Who has more personal assets invested in serving his country? (Would the others do the same with their life savings?) He doesn’t owe any lobbyist favors.

    He’s run a better campaign (along with many other very presidential-relevant accomplishments) than the others. He’s definitely up for the task. And, I hate to say, I really lack confidence in his opponents. Some scare me more than others, but seriously…

    Go Romney!

    Comment by J&T - January 29, 2008 @ 6:00 pm
  291. I think Sen. McCain is showing an energy and spirit all these career politicians should show. I rather have someone in the White House who says what he means and means what he says vs anyone who I never know if they’re telling the truth or just saying what they think I want to hear based on some poll. I’m not worried about him being cool under pressure, he’s already proven that he can stand against hard times with character and dignity.

    Comment by Jim in Dallas - January 29, 2008 @ 6:08 pm
  292. Wayne,

    Do you really want to get in to a discussion about counting costs? How much has Romney outspent Huckabee on this campaign??

    20 to 1?

    50 to 1?

    And you want to give Romney the checkbook of the American people??

    Let’s see how much further along this gets either of them when it’s all over and talk about costs and see who has been the best steward. In the meantime go read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25.

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 6:09 pm
  293. McCain is a nutjob…………sorry but he is not Commander in Chief Material….actually he may have had mental stress in POW camp to add to this but I don’t think he is mentally able to stand the stress of the White House. Or have his hand near a nuclear button thank you. Mitt Romney is smart, a business man and a class act…..he gets my vote!

    Comment by Madge - January 29, 2008 @ 6:11 pm
  294. If you hate John McCain…here’s an easy one-DON’T VOTE FOR HIM. Don’t bad mouth him visciously…follow your own convictions and vote your conscious. Everyone quotes Reagan’s 11th commandment…McCain aside-why must you all feel the need to bash fellow Republicans who have invested their passions into McCain’s campaign.?

    Comment by Jay - January 29, 2008 @ 6:19 pm
  295. When VP Cheney told Sen. Leahy, on the floor of the US SENATE, to f*ck himself it was considered “forceful” and “strong,” but when Sen. McCain gets colorful with his speech, the wingnuts squeal like old-maid schoolteachers. When VP Gore embellished/exaggerated his resume, he was a called everything but something good to eat by the same folks who are supporting the fanciful Governor Romney. And then there are Gov. Romney’s numerous “I was against it before I was for it and for it before I was against it” moments. . . You Romney supporters are like the White Queen who told Alice that she sometimes believed 6 impossible things before breakfast–except that you don’t stop at six.

    Comment by Thinkin' Mencken - January 29, 2008 @ 6:30 pm
  296. Yeah, McCain is a whackjob… always has been. If you vote for this guy, you are putting the future of this country at serious risk, as he is a deeply disturbed individual… VERY deeply disturbed.

    Comment by a shrink - January 29, 2008 @ 6:33 pm
  297. Folks I would totally agree with supporting Romney for all the reasons you stated in 283 & 284… with the exception that I can’t trust him and can’t comprehend how you can delude yourselves into trusting him based on what we know about him.

    I’m not Mormon and I have no problem with a member of the LDS church being President despite the inherent differences from my Christian faith. Most of the mormons I know including some family members are all outstanding individuals, very family oriented and hard working.
    In fact there are many of them I would put up against Mitt Romney any day. But the fact of the matter is he is completely disceptive and dishonest!

    > First it was the “I marched with MLK” thing.
    > Then there was the sanctuary mansion thing employing illegals himself.
    > Then he states that he doesn’t have lobbyists running his campaign.
    > Not to mention the I’m pro-life but pro-choice duplicity!

    Reminds me of the comments of another deceptive politician…”I did not have sex with that woman…”

    The articles of Mormon faith posted on this blog earlier even state, “We believe in being HONEST, TRUE, virtuous, and in DOING GOOD to ALL men.” but based on my points above and the very negative attack adds the Romney campaign has run throughout the campaign Romney is not even a good Mormon!

    Huckabee even stated early on that he has more respect for an honest atheist than a phony Christian and in the same respect, I have more respect for an honest Mormon than for a phony one.

    Romney certainly looks good and has an impressive resume but so did king Saul - he didn’t work out so good. So did David’s older brother Eliab but God spoke to Samuel as if to say don’t make the same mistake you made with Saul and told him “Do not look at his appearance or the height of his stature…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.” That paved the way for young David who, as we all know, went on to be a giant killer and man after God’s own heart. Sorry for the departure and short Bible reference but my point is not to be blinded by Romney’s stature or outward appearance when there is significant evidence that his heart is not what we should be looking for in a leader.

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 6:47 pm
  298. What a breath of fresh air. If you want a p*ssy negotiating on your country’s behalf, vote for someone else. I see a man with very deep convictions who won’t roll over and grab his ankles when confronted with adversity.

    Comment by DigitalBob - January 29, 2008 @ 6:51 pm
  299. Good to see some MA folks are seeing the light…

    The Natural Rights and Laws Compact proudly endorses Former
    Governor Mike Huckabee for President.

    Wilbraham,Ma.- As an organization dedicated to the original faith and intentions of our founders we see Mike Huckabee as our best choice in this primary.

    On issues such as the war on terror, strong national defense, traditional marriage,life, bearing arms, limited government ruled by the citizenry we believe that Mike has been the most consistent of our candidates.

    While we do not agree with all of his positions, we find his veracity unmatched. As former candidate Rep. Duncan Hunter stated during his endorsement ” Mike Huckabee is a man of outstanding character and integrity.”

    Some specific issues we wish to highlight are Huckabee’s:

    *Sales Tax proposal eliminating the income tax and the IRS.

    *Unconditional support of the Second Amendment.

    *Unwavering and consistent support on the life and traditional marriage

    *Plan to handle illegal immigration, endorsed by Jim Gilchrist founder,
    Minutemen Project.

    *Support for a strong National Defense and tough War on Terror.

    *Advocacy of home schools, charter schools and school choice.

    We urge all to make their votes count on Tuesday February 5th and to
    support Mike Huckabee for our next President.

    Richard J. Howell
    Natural Rights and Laws Compact

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 29, 2008 @ 6:56 pm
  300. Anyone who wants a psycho like McCain as Commander-in-Chief must have a death wiah. If you want to committ suicide, go ahead, just don’t try to take the rest of us with you.

    Comment by icr - January 29, 2008 @ 7:13 pm
  301. NickQPublic, exactly my point. Romney knew before he started how much money it takes to become President of the United States, (he obviously did his home work and looked at past campaigns) and had the personal resources & fund raising machine to succeed. Huckabee ran out of financial steam before he even got a good start.

    I don’t want people proposing SS fixes, health care plans, & economic packages that can’t put a price tag on them, and know where the money is coming from…within budget!!!

    Huckabee got into this underfunded, and all the people that gave him money may as well have given it to the needy because he can’t cross the finish line.

    I wish it didn’t take so much cash to win in politics. It’s appalling, but it’s also the stark reality that Huckabee ignored.

    Comment by Wayne - January 29, 2008 @ 7:45 pm
  302. Neil said on post 11, “It is quite likely he (McCain) suffers from post raumatic stress syndrome…” This is exactly why the government passed a law forebidding vets who suffer from that syndrome from owning firearms. And we are seriously considering putting this hothead in the Whitehouse next to “red button”??!

    A man of Ron Paul’s strength, character, control, consistency, and integrity should be in the Whitehouse, not one who refuses to control his temper. Those of you who think an explosive temper is a good character trait should have it used on them a few times unjustifiably until you change your tune.

    Perhaps this country doesn’t deserve a man like Ron Paul. I fear this is the case. The Bible says “the people deserve their masters whether good or cruel.”

    Comment by Bonnie - January 29, 2008 @ 8:18 pm
  303. The absence of ANY media attention about John McClane and his evil Keating background should be clear to ALL of you.
    It’s an easy “ace in the Hole” to destroy him.
    TPTB have given this dope Millions of our tax dollars to distribute among his carnivorous campaign legion.
    For what?
    He is a Patsy!
    (when they finally drop the bomb on him)
    I wish the entire country would show some shred of intelligence by RIGHT NOW THIS MINUTE ceasing their support of these blowhards.
    It’s not too hard to accomplish really.
    All you would have to do is not check the donate to presidential campaigns box built into your income tax forms.
    Ahhh but then they would whine and steal the money anyway.
    Products of our so called education system younger than I
    are probably too stupid to do their own taxes anyway.
    I can dream about it still can’t I?
    D if you do D if you don’t!
    Wake up dummies these people are absolutely NO GOOD for USALAND.

    Comment by John Doh - January 30, 2008 @ 3:48 am
  304. Wayne - With all due respect, your arguments are weak and rather desperate. I agree that there are some serious issues with campaign finance that need to be addressed because currently it dramatically favors the very wealthy. I for one do not think that is in the best interests of the American people regardless of candidate. But that is another discussion.

    In the meantime, where are you fabricating the notion from that Huckabee is trying to propose changes and economic packages with no budget?? The bottom line is all you have to do is look at his record (the best predictor of future behavior is past performance).

    He inherited a state with a $200M deficit and left it with an $850M surplus!

    His campaign is completely debt free and despite being outspent by the Romney campaign by a totally obscene ratio, he only trails Romney by 19 delegates which I think will change this time next week with Huckabee at least leading Romney.

    On the flip side, for all the Million$ of dollars Romney spent in Iowa and Florida, how many delegates did he get?? ZERO!!!

    How you can allude that Huckabee is a budget breaker and Romney is somehow fiscally responsible is completely ludicrous and disengenuos! I guess Romney can’t go over budget because he doesn’t even have a budget!

    Let’s just see how this all plays out and who actually get’s something for their money and who’s money goes to waste. Next Tuesday will be very telling!

    Comment by NickQPublic - January 30, 2008 @ 11:24 am
  305. In response to CLAIRE:

    Sorry. I do NOT trust McCain’s moral judgment. In addition to his heated outbursts and attacks (which are unpresidential to say the least), I learned this week that ever since his election to the Senate he has been the point man in shooting down legislation which sought to bring home POW’s from Vietnam who were left behind after 1973. Although McCain was a POW himself, he has made a concerted effort from 1986 to the present to squash and gut every piece of legislation which attempted to declassify government documents that could reveal information which would help ascertain their whereabouts, or create stringent procedures to bring them home. Instead, he has defended secrecy of the government against the people, passing laws that classified MORE government documents that would prove useful to the recovery of missing personnel and arguing that the government has “no obligation” to inform family members of intelligence that indicates their missing relative may be alive. This is absurd on its face given McCain’s own background–unless he agreed to be a useful pawn in burying the POW/MIA issue in order to ensure a “successful” career in politics. You can check all of this out at As if all that wasn’t bad enough, McCain has repeatedly insulted and verbally abused POW/MIA family members and activists seeking recovery of their loved ones or knowledge of their fate. He shamefully berated one witness, the sister of a downed and still missing pilot, after she testified in 1991 Senate hearings about the overwhelming evidence that POW’s were still being held after 1973. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Sydney Schanberg writes (2000), “But McCain, having been advised of Alfond’s testimony, suddenly rushed into the room to confront her. His face angry and his voice very loud, he accused her of making “allegations … that are patently and totally false and deceptive.” Making a fist, he shook his index finger at her and said she had insulted an emissary to Vietnam sent by President Bush. He said she had insulted other MIA families with her remarks. And then he said, through clenched teeth: “And I am sick and tired of you insulting mine and other people’s [patriotism] who happen to have different views than yours.” By this time, tears were running down Alfond’s cheeks. She reached into her handbag for a handkerchief. She tried to speak: “The family members have been waiting for years — years! And now you’re shutting down.” He kept interrupting her. She tried to say, through tears, that she had issued no insults. He kept talking over her words. He said she was accusing him and others of “some conspiracy without proof, and some cover-up.” She said she was merely seeking “some answers. That is what I am asking.” He ripped into her for using the word “fiasco.” She replied: “The fiasco was the people that stepped out and said we have written the end, the final chapter to Vietnam.” “No one said that,” he shouted. “No one said what you are saying they said, Ms. Alfond.” And then, his face flaming pink, he stalked out of the room, to shouts of disfavor from members of the audience. As with most of McCain’s remarks to Alfond, the facts in his closing blast at her were incorrect. Less than three weeks earlier, on Oct. 23, 1992, in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, President Bush — with John McCain standing beside him — said: “Today, finally, I am convinced that we can begin writing the last chapter in the Vietnam War.”

    McCain’s status as a ‘war hero’ is suspect to say the least–so is his much vaunted image as “straight-talker”–in the foregoing instance, he unquestionably lied. He DOES have a vicious temper, he has a history of lashing out at people in outrageous ways (especially in the case of grieving family who just want to know the truth about their loved ones), and he has been involved in putting forth legislation that leads to more and unjustified government secrecy at the expense of civilians AND our men in uniform!! He also co-authored a “campaign finance reform” bill which only created miles of extra red tape and only succeeded in making the exercise of free speech in this country more difficult. He also put forward a disastrous bill on immigration which the American people LOUDY DECRIED and thankfully were able to derail–thanks to “a–holes” like Senator Cornyn. Bottomline: if you support McCain, please think again. Do some homework. Get beyond the glowing war-hero facade to the truth about this man.

    Comment by Rebecca - January 30, 2008 @ 12:56 pm
  306. I would never vote for John McNasty . . he changes his statments hour by hour . . for amnisty, then against, etc. If McAwful is the winner I will change my party to Independent. Go Mitt!!!

    Comment by Wayne Williams - January 30, 2008 @ 1:23 pm
  307. Just what America needs in these troubled times: another out-of-control nutcase in the White House! Go for it, Repugnicans!

    Viva ‘McW’!

    Comment by J Carlmont - January 30, 2008 @ 3:47 pm
  308. People Are Smart? I don’ know where that statement came from other than a TV ad. People really are not smart! If I am a surgeons wife can I operate? As far as McCain goes one word “traitor” GOOGLE HIM.

    Comment by nan - February 2, 2008 @ 2:49 pm
  309. Look up McCain’s Naval career; unbelievable!! Bottom of his class; bottom of his flight school class; crashed 5 airplanes; received 23 medals while sitting in a cell; collaborated with the guards; other POWS confirm this; his cellmate wouldn’t talk to him after release; years later he hugged his prison enemies as if they were old buddies; he was repatriated and returned home to his wife who was 4 inches shorter from an auto accident; he divorced her and 1 month later married Cindy, a model with a rich father who helped further his career; he tried to ram an amnesty bill down our throats; he hung out with the worst liberals in the Senate (Kennedy and Finegold); on the debates he would say “I commanded the largest squadron in the Navy” but it was at Cecil field, FL. a TRAINING BASE! God save America! Ken

    Comment by KEN MILLER - February 2, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
  310. Based on the Super Tuesday results, the Conservative, Christian base will have to use a close pin on the nose and latex gloves on the hands to prevent a Democrat from becoming President. Speaking for the base of the GOP - McCain’s only advantage to a Democrat is that he “might” nominate a better SCOTUS candidate than Hillary or Obama. “God help us!”

    Comment by L-burg Rev - February 6, 2008 @ 10:06 am
  311. McCain is not just a twangy, foul-mouthed maverick, he is a disaster waiting to happen if elected President.

    I’d rather have Clinton or Obama in charge.

    Comment by Casey - February 7, 2008 @ 5:19 pm
  312. In my 53 years I have never missed any election, local or national. However, if McCain is the best Republican candidate we can field, I’ll sit this one out.
    I can not bring myself to vote for a Dumbocrap, even if he claims to be a Reublican.
    Let’s let Hitlery and OOBama bring America to her knees. maybe then we can have a real revolution.

    Comment by Gary Boettner - February 7, 2008 @ 9:05 pm
  313. This memo seems calculated to make me liberals see McCain in a favorable light. That is all.

    Comment by Willendorf Venus - February 16, 2008 @ 12:08 pm
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