WSJ Washington Wire: Obama Campaign Takes Issue with McCain’s ‘That One’ Remark

WSJ Washington Wire

Obama Campaign Takes Issue with McCain’s ‘That One’ Remark


Barack Obama’s campaign did not like it when rival John McCain referred to the Illinois senator as “that one” during tonight’s presidential debate.


Barack Obama and John McCain embrace following the presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday (AP)

Obama spokesman Bill Burton sent a one-line message to reporters after McCain made the comment that said, “Did John McCain just refer to Obama as ‘that one’?” And again at the conclusion of the debate, the Obama campaign emailed reporters, “Did John McCain refer to Obama as ‘that one’?” (The clip is here on YouTube.)

McCain made the remark tonight when discussing a 2005 Senate vote on an energy bill. “There was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush andCheney. You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one,” he said, pointing to Obama. “You know who voted against it? Me.”

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe also referenced the remark in his post-debate statement. “John McCain was all over the map on the issues, and he is so angry about the state of his campaign that he referred to Barack Obama as ‘that one’ – last time he couldn’t look at Senator Obama, this time he couldn’t say his name,” Plouffe said, referencing the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi.


Instapundit: DANA MILBANK CALLS SARAH PALIN A RACIST, Ann Althouse responds.



“Look out, Sarah, if you inspire noise from the crowd, the press will choose which words to report. . . . If Palin excites the crowd, the press will listen hard for the nastiest remark. She’d better rein it in then.”

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The debate has started. If you see or hear some dog whistle or race card, post it in the comments.

Post-Debate Radio Interview

Ludovic is going to be on radio, online at KPFA post debate (upper left hand corner, LISTEN LIVE KPFA), then comment here.

TalkingPointsMemo: Forget Ayers. McCain Served On Advisory Board Of Whacked Out Council For World Freedom


Forget Ayers. McCain Served On Advisory Board Of Whacked Out Council For World Freedom

In a much discussed story, the Associated Press reported today that John McCain served in the mid-1980s on the advisory board of a right-wing group called the Council for World Freedom, which has been controversial because of the group’s aid to the Nicaraguan Contras and the presence of anti-Semites in its ranks.

Now we’ve gotten a hold of another fun little nugget that shows how whacked out this group really is: A newsletter from the group from July 1985 that lashed out at people who criticized Ronald Reagan for visiting the Bitburg cemetery in Germany, which includes the graves of members of the SS.

The Reagan visit was widely controversial among Jews, but the Council newsletter — which you can view right here — was less than charitable towards Reagan’s Jewish critics.

“Those misguided souls who accused President Reagan of insensitivity for visiting the German cemetery at Bitburg are wallowing in tears of pity over the past crimes of the Nazi regime which collapsed over 40 years ago,” the newsletter said. “They claim they want to keep the memory of the holocaust alive so that it can never happen again.”

“Crocodile tears! It is happening again,” the newsletter continues, “and again, and again, right now, in the modern world; only the crimes of today are not being perpetrated by the Nazis but by their philosophical and demoniacal soulmates, the communists.”

McCain reportedly was still associating with the group a few months later: A States News Service article from October 15, 1985, found via Nexis, confirms that McCain was on hand at a Council awards dinner.

McCain told the AP that he resigned the group’s advisory board in 1984, and eventually asked to have his name removed from the letterhead. But the State News Service article places him at a group dinner a year later.

Democratic Strategist: All the Nastiness the Market Will Bear

Democratic Strategist

All the Nastiness the Market Will Bear

There’s quite a public debate going on in conservative circles this week about whether or not John McCain should take the lowest road possible in trying to make the rest of the presidential campaign about Barack Obama’s association with scary-sounding people like William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. What’s most interesting about it is that nobody on either side of the debate seems to have a problem with going that route if it could actually work.

Yesterday, Bill Kristol of the New York Times endorsed robust attacks on Obama about Ayers and especially Wright through the odd lens of “letting Palin be Palin,” on the theory that the spunky hockey mom knew better than campaign operatives how to tear Obama a new one.

Today Rich Lowry of National Review and Ross Douthat of The Atlantic dissented on grounds that “changing the subject” from the economy simply wouldn’t work. And at RealClearPolitics, Jay Cost took a break from numbers-crunching to argue that McCain might as well “change the subject,” since any efforts to convince voters that Republicans could be trusted to fix the economy were simply hopeless.

While as a Democrat I particularly enjoyed the Douthat-Cost debate over which McCain strategy was the more hopeless, it is a bit sobering to realize that these supporters of the Candidate of Honor and Decency and Bipartisan Civility and Country First agreed that there was nothing inherently suspect about trying to make the election turn on “issues” that have nothing to do with anything remotely relevant to the real-life challenges facing the next president. I’ve yet to hear a claim that America faces a dire threat from hippie bomb-throwers or black nationalists. And all that jazz about Ayers and Wright reflecting vital concerns about Obama’s “character” and “judgment” really just represents the self-serving rationalization that anything which could be used to damage him is legit because he’d then be damaged goods.

Media Matters: Rose Tennent: “I don’t think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama”

Media Matters

Rose Tennent: “I don’t think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama”

Summary: On The War Room with Quinn & Rose, co-host Rose Tennent twice stated that “I don’t think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama.” Tennent and co-host Jim Quinn also referenced comments Obama made on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to again falsely suggest that Obama is not a Christian.

Washington Independent: Is the ‘Southern Strategy’ Alive and Well?

Washington Independent

Is the ‘Southern Strategy’ Alive and Well?

It is getting pretty ugly on the road with the McCain campaign — and that may be an indication the character attacks on Sen. Barack Obama are working.

After Gov. Sarah Palin spent a couple of days making an issue of Obama’s connection to former Weatherman William Ayers, Sen. John McCain yesterday asked a rally in New Mexico, “Who is the real Barack Obama?” One audience member ignored the rhetorical nature of the question and cried out, “A terrorist!”

Perhaps the most disturbing part of the exchange was that many in the crowd laughed. Not nervously, as if shocked that somebody would say something so outrageous,  but as if they genuinely thought the remark was funny.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reported that during a rally in Florida when Palin said that Ayers was an early supporter of Obama, somebody yelled, “Kill him!”

Milbank wrote today that Palin’s frequent attacks on the media also have provoked an ugly crowd reaction:

In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network, and told him, “Sit down, boy.”

All this happened yesterday. One day does not make a trend — but it does provide an indicator for what may be happening.

Pink Flamingo: Obama, Anti-Semitism & the Economy

Pink Flamingo

Obama, Anti-Semitism & the Economy

This weekend Sean Hannity uncovered a link between Barack Obama and Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour.  Gateway Pundit has a clip from Hannity’s special about Obama’s associates.


For those idiots who do not know history, there is a known correlation between bad economic times and anti-Semitism. There area already indications that this type of obscenity has already begun.  To make matters worse, there are additional indications that Barack Obama has associates who are extremely anti-Semitic and pro-Islamic.  Getting back to our historical illiterates, let’s do a quickie history of anti-Semitism. 

Salon: Glenn Greenwald: John McCain’s unprecedentedly ugly speech today

Salon: Glenn Greenwald

John McCain’s unprecedentedly ugly speech today

And just now, John McCain — speaking in New Mexico — delivered one of the ugliest, nastiest, most invective-filled personality attacks a major candidate has ever delivered, blatantly designed to stoke raw racial resentments and depict Obama as a Manchurian candidate funded by secret Arab Terrorist sources — a truly unstable and hate-mongering rant filled with lines like these, delivered with an angry scowl to screaming, howling, booing throngs, while Cindy McCain stood behind him shaking her head in disgust at each fact she heard about the Black Terrorist daring to challenge her husband:

I don’t need any lessons in being honest with the American people, and if I did, I wouldn’t seek it from a Chicago politician. . . . There’s much we don’t know about Senator Obama. For a guy who has authored two memoirs, he’s not exactly an open book. Who is the real Barack Obama? 

It’s as if somehow the usual rules don’t apply, and where other candidates have to explain themselves and their records, Senator Obama seems to think he is above all that . . . His campaign had to return $33,000 in illegal foreign funds from Palestinian donors, and this weekend, we found out about another $28,000 in illegal donations. Why has Senator Obama refused to disclose the people who are funding his campaign? Again, the American people deserve answers.

I wonder what it is about Obama that allows “the usual rules not to apply” to him? McCain also repeatedly claimed that the fault of the financial crisis lies with Democrats who (despite controlling no branches of Government) forced banks to give mortgages to poor people who couldn’t afford them (which, as we’ve seenmeans minorities) and that Obama “aided and abetted” these practices. What are typically Rovian attack themes disseminated underneath the surface are being unleashed in their naked, unhidden form. As Marc Ambinder just put it with real understatement: “Sen. Barack Obama is, Sen. McCain said in New Mexico just now, a mystery, a liar, complicit in the economic crisis and an unaccomplished naïf, at all the same time.”