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January 08, 2010

"President Obama is leading an extreme left-wing crusade to bankrupt America,'' Says Extreme Rightwing Nutter Michelle Bachman in Campaign Ad

And by "Michelle Bachman," I mean... John F'n' McCain.

Yes, he's in campaign mode. No, this doesn't make up for what's come before.

But I keep pointing out that McCain is kind of pissed off at Obama -- and his own role as handmaiden to Obama's coronation -- and is getting crochety and riled up about it.

McCain has always been annoying like Colin Powell, shellacking us all the time. But -- because he's gained all that media credibility from attacking Republicans -- when he says something like this it makes headlines, and no one can just call him a rightwing nutter.

It's helpful. Whether or not it's just a campaign posture I won't argue (I don't think it is, entirely -- I think he's really, really personally pissed off about all of this), it's helpful to have virtually everyone on the same page.

John McCain has run against Barack Obama before.

He's running against him again.

With campaign radio ads billing the five-term Republican senator as "Arizona's last line of defense,'' the GOP's nominee for president in 2008 is attempting to bolster his 2010 campaign for reelection to the Senate with a slam at the president.

"President Obama is leading an extreme left-wing crusade to bankrupt America,'' McCain says in one of the radio ads his campaign is airing.


McCain got his own head-knocking in the 2008 presidential election, and now he could be facing a party primary contest from a former Republican congressman, J.D. Hayworth, who is an outspoken critic of immigration reform -- an issue which McCain has championed in the Senate, and an issue on which McCain, Obama and some of the Senate's leading Democrats happen to agree. They support a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.

But on the radio, McCain and Obama could not be further apart.


"John McCain leads the charge to slash government spending, bloated bureaucracies and ridiculously unaffordable ideas like government run health care.''

Again, yes, I see he's attempting to position himself far enough to the right that JD Hayworth can't flank him too much (except on immigration). Still: Helpful.

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posted by Ace at 12:22 PM

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