A Soldier’s Unnecessary Retreat

By
Friday, October 03, 2008 at 6:30 am
Sen. John McCain (WDCpix)

Sen. John McCain (WDCpix)

BIRMINGHAM, Mich.– Battleground no more.

For the past several months, the Republican and Democratic nominees for president have targeted this fading center of the Rust Belt, with its 17 electoral votes, as a winnable state — part of each party’s electoral strategy to take the White House.

Now, that plan for one ticket, that of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin, lies in smoldering ruins. As early as yesterday afternoon, reports began to filter out that the McCain campaign had suspended its efforts here and would be cutting staff as well as advertising.

McCain was essentially giving the state that George W. Bush narrowly lost, by five percentage points or less in 2000 and 2004, to Sen. Barack Obama.

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Before I traveled here, Debbie Dingell, the wife of the venerable Rep. John Dingell, talked with me about Michigan. A Democratic National Committee member, General Motors executive and political power in her own right, she explained why the state is so complicated and considered such a political prize:

“Michigan is the definition of a battleground state. It’s got a divided legislature. It’s gone back and forth on who its governors are. You’ve got two Democratic senators. But in a 15-member congressional delegation, six are Democrats and nine are Republicans. It’s a split state, and that’s what people forget. You have distinct urban agendas next to distinct rural agendas. You’ve got unions but also a strong religious community.”

To be certain, McCain’s move–or move-out–took all sides by surprise. As the darkened Detroit afternoon turned into a chilly night, political operatives and reporters alike were left a little like the characters in “Heroes” — disoriented and confused after the Haitian guy wipes away their memories.

For months now, Obama and McCain have been in a statistical dead heat — with the Democratic nominee only pulling ahead a little bit in the past few weeks. As a result, Michiganders have grown accustomed to frequent visits by the two candidates, who both promise to reroute the internal wiring of Michigan’s economic engine to make it a state that will thrive from the new, clean-energy-based economy. One half-expected McCain to ride out of Detroit in a Chevy Volt. As late as July, McCain told an audience here, “The state of Michigan, as it has in many elections in the past, will determine who the next president of the United States is.”

Now the Michigan GOP must travel alone — fighting in their leader’s name but without their actual leader. While polls over the past week have showed as much as a 10-point swing in favor of Obama, it’s precisely that volatility that made Michigan a state to stay in and fight for.

In a state where the Reagan Democrats were virtually born, there remains strong support for McCain despite recent events. But in the wake of the economic implosion, McCain has fallen behind Obama by an average of 7 percentage points in most polls.

McCain’s lack of authority on the economy and his fumbling response to the Wall Street meltdown have hurt him as the financial crisis seized the national psyche. He first said he would put his campaign on “hold” to help solve the problem in Washington, and then he returned to the hustings, which has led some voters to regard him as erratic. One report even cited that a fear among McCain campaign officials in Florida of a recent Obama surge in the Sunshine State contributed to the Arizona senator’s decision to quit Michigan.

But still, McCain defeated Bush in Michigan during their testy primary battle in 2000, and it is the home of a substantial number of white, working-class voters who Obama struggled to win over in the Democratic primary campaign. In short, this was a race McCain might have won.

“I certainly would have waited till after the debate tonight,” said Republican pollster Steve Mitchell before Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin faced off in Thursday night’s vice presidential debate. “If Palin did well, that would have moved up [McCain's] numbers drastically. It’s a mystifying decision.

“It’s my understanding that it costs $1 million a week to run a campaign in Michigan,” Mitchell continued, “so it’s a multimillion-dollar decision. But it just seems like a really premature decision based on a couple of bad polls.”

McCain, by one account, had spent $8 million in television ads before pulling out.

According to many political experts, what McCain did by saying “no mas” to Michigan was to abandon a winnable race. It’s true that, to date, he hasn’t run the most efficient campaign here. More so than in some other states, the Obama campaign has been successful in linking McCain’s record to President Bush’s here.

In addition, going back to the Republican primary here earlier this year, McCain, to many Michigan business and union leaders, never really decided how to engage the auto industry. One day, he was the castigator; the next, he was ready to feel their warm embrace.

But these were supremely fixable things.

As much as McCain had going for him, several factors were also in play against Obama. Chief among them — and perhaps the one thing that many people seem most uncomfortable addressing — is race.

Late Tuesday morning, I sat down with William Black, the Teamsters’ political director in Michigan, in his office on Trumbull Avenue in Detroit. It was a cluttered space decorated with a “Hoffa” movie poster signed by Jack Nicholson and a photo of the union leader with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Black was blunt about his biggest concern going into the November election.

“It’s the race issue,” Black said, leaning back in his chair, his arms folded over his chest. “It’s a concern for all of us. I don’t think it is for our age group — but it shows up in the older age groups.”

Black asked: “Will people put race over their pocketbook, over their financial well being? I think that’s the real issue here.”

Black had reason to worry. Two years ago, polls taken before the vote on a ballot measure that would have effectively eliminated affirmative-action programs in Michigan’s universities predicted a tight contest. The measure ended up winning 58 percent to 42 percent.

Moreover, Black said, the Obama campaign seemed at odds with itself. As the candidate of change who raged against the establishment, Obama had stormed into Michigan after not being present for the farce that was the Michigan primary, in which Clinton and Dennis Kucinich were the only candidates on the ballot. And his campaign hadn’t effectively used the machinery offered by the political establishment that has run Michigan for decades.

“[The Obama campaign] needs to do better outreach at the district level–I’ll tell you that right now,” Black said. “[It] needs to engage the John Dingells of the world and say, ‘John, what do you need?’ I’d like to see that. It’s not happening much, particularly down river or in Macomb County with the Reagan Democrats who need to be [targeted]. That would be the area I would be focusing on.

“John McCain is a guy you can never count out. Look at the Republican Party, look at what he did with Palin. I think he’s an amazing guy. I just can’t see him being president.”

But McCain is someone who many in Black’s own union ranks — a third of which he says are solidly Republican — could. That’s because they had seen the great promise of a young and energetic leader with limited executive experience who fizzled out as governor of Michigan.

Granholm stormed into office on the force of her personality and smarts and one term as state attorney general. In 2002, she ran for governor as the candidate of change, won and maintained a high approval rating as a new kind of Democrat.

Her approval rating remained strong until her first budget crisis. It’s been sliding with each subsequent crisis. With Michigan’s unemployment rate currently the highest in the country, Granholm’s approval rating hovers around 30 percent, equal to that of the Texan in the White House.

“[The McCain campaign] barely tied Granholm to Obama,” said Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley when we sat down in his office late in the day Tuesday. “It ought to be doing that constantly. The Democrats have done a very good job of tying Bush to McCain,” added the influential conservative. “In this state, [the Republicans] could very well tie Obama and Granholm together — and do very well.”

As I’ve written before, one key reason that the presidential race remains close is that McCain is not Bush. His story–that of courage in combat, of standing against his own party when called for–has been effective when executed properly.

Indeed, given McCain’s image as a maverick, he could emphasize the idea of execution. Yes, he could say, the Bush tax cuts were a good idea, but they should have been followed by spending cuts. Yes, he could say, you hate the war in Iraq, but if I had been running things, we’d have been in and out.

“People aren’t looking for 10-point white-paper sheets,” Finley said. “They’re looking for a leader who can be confident. If he can come here and tell a story — his story — and show the confidence that he’s the guy who can lead them to a better place. He doesn’t have to come in here and say, ‘I’m going to do these six things, these eight things.’

Finley laid out how he would advise McCain to run here. “He shouldn’t give up on his foreign-policy issues just because of the financial crisis,” Finley cautioned. “He should remind people of that growing threat from Iran. Iran, Russia and other dangerous places are not going to go away.

“But he’s got to find himself domestically. One thing he could do today is say, ‘I’m going to appoint Mitt Romney as my Treasury secretary,’ and the people of Michigan would perk up and pay attention. He would have won Michigan if he’d put Romney on the ticket and said, ‘You take care of Michigan, Colorado and Nevada, and I’ll see you on Election Day.’ He needs Romney here. Whether Romney will do it or not is another question.”

Even without Romney on his ticket, McCain could still have advanced his position in Michigan with the GOP’s new political star, Sarah Palin. As Dingell has said, Michigan remains a divided state, a place where the Republican base still cares deeply about the issues that McCain holds dear–his stance against abortion, his opposition to gun control.

Palin would have drawn huge crowds from now until Election Day in the western part of the state, would have become a regular attraction on local newscasts and would have generated the kind of free publicity that a campaign relying on public financing needs. Gosh, golly, gee whiz, couldn’t you just see it? Wowzers!

But now that will not happen. The McCain campaign has all but shuttered its shop in Michigan, brushing off the state and conceding the ground that, only a few days ago, seemed one for the taking.

In coming days, McCain’s campaign advisers will explain their actions, provide a rationale that the climb was too steep, that resources were needed elsewhere. But should he lose on Nov. 4, the old soldier might look back at today as the beginning of the end, an opportunity lost. For once, McCain counted himself out.

Comments

154 Comments

arbitrista
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 6:04 am

Um, Bush didn't carry Michigan in 2000 or 2004 – Gore and Kerry did.


Wilson's son
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 6:25 am

What are you, in the tank for McCain and his neocon acolytes? Don't you realize what the party of “Macaca” would do to you if they ever got a hold of real power?


levotb
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 6:32 am

My sentiments excatly! Excellent piece. Why didn't McCain wait till today, the day after the VP Debate, to announce the closing up of shop in MI? Closing up looks bad and reminds people of a store going out of business. That's no way to “sell” a campaign! Great point in asking, “Why didn't McCain come to MI and tie Granholm–a very unpopular Governor–to Obama?”

This is sort of the same feeling I've had about why McCain hasn't been more critical of Obama and Biden regarding their Open Borders, pro-Amnesty votes. McCain COULD have reversed himself on the one subject that conservatives hate him for and one that nearly cost him the campaign during the primaries. In admitting he was wrong on pushing Amnesty with Ted Kennedy and promising his supporters he would never sign an Amnesty or Amnesty-lite bill as President, McCain could have turned that issue to his favor. Instead, some conservatives are planning to stay home or vote for Bob Barr or Chuck Baldwin. Of course, it all comes back to his love of illegal aliens and Bush's advisors (now McCain's) fearful of losing “the Hispanic vote”, something Republican nominees only win 37% of every 4 years, The point is, this could have been an issue that he could have used to his advantage had he had the stones to admit that he's been wrong on the issue for years.


BillieJean
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 7:31 am

I think McCain just realizes he is ready for retirement. It would be very embarrasing for the publc to see his mind slip even further than it has in the last couple of weeks.

He and Palin are both to scary for the whitehouse


RMB
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 7:37 am

I think the problem is that he's tired of running. I think he's wiped out. He may have been a fierce competitor before, but, to me, his inconsistency and erratic ways are best explained as issues of fatigue and stamina. Michigan is just too much of a fight. I believe that 8 years ago he could've run toe to toe with Obama. But this 50 state ground game, even following the less intense rep primary, with all its drama shows he's not up to it. Instead of laying out a conceptual plan, he throws every junk ball he can to try and carve out some lead that will let him relax again and regroup. If he was paying attention, he would've had MI by the collar and dragged out all skeletons here. I think, he's too tired. He can only care about a handful of things at once.


MissM
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 7:44 am

The economy has been in the tank in Michigan for much longer than the rest of the country. Granholm has done a poor job of governing, but a large part of that has been the expenses that were passed back onto the states under the Bush administration. Racism remains high in Michigan, but the one candidate who is offering economic solutions is Barack Obama and neither McCain nor Palin can blunt that. Palin may have drawn crowds in Michigan – in much the same way the circus does, but that wouldn't necessarily lead to votes because she's shown time and again that she does not understand economic or foreign policy. Michigan is hurting in a way that requires a hand up from the federal government. McCain isn't willing to give them that hand up.


diana in IN
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 7:46 am

Nasty comment – has no place in intelligent discussion.


JB2
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 7:51 am

I find many of the assumptions in this piece either badly outdated or flat-out wrong.

Michigan has never shown any signs of swinging towards McCain. Obama held the lead all summer long and is now comfortably ahead, despite McCain outspending him by a significant margin. McCain wisely has decided to stop throwing good money after bad.

The idea that the key to an Obama victory is to suck up to John Dingell, or have a bunch of union bosses tell downriver ( not “down river”) voters what to do is severely outdated. Grassroots organizing, not the weakened unions, will be the key to Obama's victory in Michigan.

And you make no mention whatsoever of Oakland County, Michigan's wealthiest and second largest county. Oakland has been to the key to Dem victories in the last several statewide and presidential elections. Educated, middle and upper-middle class Oakland County voters have little use for the Palin-esque cultural conservatism.


osage
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 8:06 am

The average annual cost to an employer who provides health insurance for his or employees is $12,000 per employee. If you are currently making $40,000 per year, under McCain's proposed health insurance program, you'd pay income tax on $52,000 instead of $40,000 ($40,000 + $12,000 = $52,000). Why in the name of self-preservation would any working class citizen choose to vote for someone who wants them to pay taxes on $12,000 of “income” they don't actually receive? Assuming a 28% federal income tax rate, an individual currently making $40,000 would pay an additional $3,360 per year or $280 per month (52,000 x 28 % = 14,560 and 40,000 x 28% = 11,200 —- 14,560 – 11,200 = 3,360). That would be the same as increasing your income tax rate from 28% to 36.4%. Who is stupid enough to fall this ripoff? Why would anyone vote for any candidate who is proposing to increase his or her income tax rate by 8.4% in order for them to keep the health insurance they already have? And by the way, tens of thouands of employers would immediately drop employee health insurance programs and leave tens of millions of employees without health insurance coverage of any kind. WHO WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN?


rich
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 8:17 am

First, McCain is not a soldier, he was a sailor and there is a world of difference. Soldiers have the courage to fight the battle up close and personal while sailors fight well away from the ground combat where most of them are out of harm's way. Second, McCain left Michigan because he was gettin ghis butt beat and he is running out of money. He will be withdrawing from other states shortly.


Melanie
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 8:38 am

McCAIN HAS NOT LEFT MICHIGAN…. THIS IS A RED HERRING!!!


jenifer
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 8:49 am

great response!


jenifer
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 8:50 am

can I repost this on other boards?


osage
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 8:52 am

OK with me.


Tucker
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 9:22 am

LETTER TO ALL AMERICANS

On November 4, 2008, we all get to vote for a candidate for President. Don’t let your party affiliation, surpass, the reality, of, what we are, all, presently dealing with in our every day lives as Americans.

If you are financially, OK, then you can afford another financial hit in the next four years from the Bush-Chenney/McCain-Palin administration-ticket. They have made it clear…

1.CENSORSHIP- Another factor of this teams leadership style, you had better become use to is… the censorship (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party). If, wanting to burn books in a library (Palin) that doesn’t fit with the “propaganda” (Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party); it should at least have a familiar, historical, ring. Journalists please answer this question for me… do you still have your right to “freedom of press and freedom of speech”?

2.FUNDING EDUCATION -Along with the under funding of education (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party). The less educated the people, the less questioning of “questionable” practices or citizens taking action.

3.RELIGION- In accordance, with watching a city of its own people drowning (dying), along with some of the extremist religious sermons, lectures and hypnosis’s of why it occurred (Bush, Cheney, the religious right and the Republican Party).

4.PRESERVING THE CONSTITUTION- Coupled with unconstitutional surveillance and torturing means. I guess Americans need to see people hauled off into concentration camps before we react—hey, haven’t we seen this in Cuba with the unlawful detaining of… substitute Arabs for Jews?

5.WAR- Don’t forget the familiar ring of war, war, war, all the time and the “worldview” being outside the norm for this stage in history.

6.SEPARATISM- Take a good look at the pictures of Americans that are following these two campaigns–conventions and campaign attendees. The participants–in one crowd; the crowds qualitative connotation is emphasizing an American “imperial, purist, sovereign, republican party” utilizing a totalitarian philosophy along with speeches riddled with fear tactics; and, in another crowd–it mirrors the rest of the country. Leaves other Americans to believe, if they don’t look like the incoming regime (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party) or, embrace their philosophies, you will be left out in the cold, literally, (should explain the record home foreclosures and failing economy coupled with record oil prices and overall stick it to the people on the lower end of the totem pole mentality. No point in mentioning anything about this at a convention, or on the campaign trail). Hitler’s philosophy…either you are for our beliefs, or…

7.PROPAGANDA-The staged speeches, staged campaigning and nonsensical talking points, some which are outright lies. The choosing of an actress/politician/right-wing extremist/beauty contestant, for VP, counting on the uneducated to put the party into totalitarian rule. After Americans have 12 years (the past 8 + 4 more) of Republican Party rule… do you think Americans will ever remember living in a democracy? Also, this will make the Republicans the single most dominant party in American history, insuring, in definite, future control over America.

The choice of this election is not one just based on the economy or war: It’s of preserving “America” which we can understand any community in America being focused on doing; preserving our culture and heritage.

Republicans are focused on insuring a “puritanical- morally rigorous and strict” rule and American environment, always, being afraid, of those who differ from ourselves (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party). Ask yourself…do you fit in to this perspective of America?

It’s the obvious, that is disturbing…AMERICA is not puritanical and all her people should be working together to make her the best she can be, not, tearing her apart, by race, religion, culture, political or socio economic division.

MY FELLOW AMERICANS…the choice is simple…

Either America will move forward to the 21st century adapting a more global world perspective (along with a pressure relief for us all), or, we move “backward” and stay in the 20th century clinging to ideals and concepts that have never worked in Nazi Germany and will not work in America.

IF YOU THINK THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO
You are wrong. Before you vote…go on a letter writing campaign, show up at campaign stops in your area and raise hard questions, loudly, without malice, to in the least, raise doubts about their message. Fax over your concerns to your elected officials Washington office, particularly, those running for re-election. Bombard them with objections of things YOU find questionable. You will not be alone.

Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a concept used to describe political systems where a state (state of mind) regulates nearly every aspect of public and private life (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party).

The term is usually applied to Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Sh?wa Japan or communist states, such as USSR, Democratic Kampuchea, Vietnam, Mao-era and modern China and North Korea (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party).

Totalitarian regimes or movements maintain themselves in political power by means of an official all-embracing ideology and propaganda disseminated through the state/party-controlled mass media, a single party that controls the state (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party), personality cults, central state/party-controlled economy, regulation and restriction of free discussion and criticism (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party), the use of mass surveillance (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party), and widespread use of terror tactics (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party).

PEOPLE we are one Republican presidency from becoming totalitarian. Particularly, if the economy keeps declining for normal folks which make them less of a voice because of socio-economics; the ideology and propaganda will be amplified and the media more controlled then the last 8 years. The world is pretty close to seeing us as Nazi America based on our actions the last eight years (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party).

If we vote (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party), we are telling the world…we the people, endorse their style of leadership. This will be the third time, for Americans doing so.

THIS WAS ISSUED TO AMERICA FROM THE WORLD

Leaders from around the world were willing to look once more to America as the leader of the free world.

Now, with the insulting choice of Palin as a vice president running mate, McCain has erased all that Obama accomplished with moving towards restoring America’s world image.

World leaders are not looking forward to pinpointing their country’s location on a map for Palin who just got a passport in 2006. Shakespeare cautioned us about individuals with vaulting ambition and a lack of self knowledge. He also told us (Hamlet) to watch out for the rash.

John McCain made a rash decision, which could haunt Americans for decades, especially when the media completes its vetting process.

Having lost love ones in the last war, we thank John McCain for his service, but I also remember some escaped, and some died. We are, not, willing to allow him to destroy the future for generations to come, because he was a POW.

How does John McCain intend to address the issues of our time?

His Vice President pick, Palin, recently asked “What does a Vice President do”?

Hence, she has ambition, but lacks the knowledge of what she can and can not do.

John McCain is just reckless, a figure straight out of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and we all know how those stories end.

VOTE MCCAIN-PALIN 2008


Chapman
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 9:42 am

McPalin is toast & they know it.
McCain's campaign & eratic behavior are causing severe anxiety among this Nation's citizens.
Obama instills a sense of hope & future well being. A sense of even handed, well thought out decisions & a willingness to listen.
A new day is dawning in America & it's time we all pull together & dig ourselves out.


Alieninthissociety
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 10:59 am

What the writer is leaving out is McCain doesn't believe in Michigan. He is against labor unions. He refused to raise the minimum wage. And he voted against the automanufacturers. He voted to divert funding from research, development and investment, alternative energy, and fuel efficiency. His votes in the Senate aided “DEFENSE” contractors.

McCain wants to fight wars. To fight wars, oil is needed. So he fights a war to gain oil. Few planes, carriers, fighter jets, helicopters, tanks, ships, submarines, and weapons manufacturers are fuel efficient — if any.

If Michigan wants to gain support in a McCain administration, God forbid, it will need more casinos, more bars, more pharmaceuticals, and more businesses listed in the paragraph above.

If Michigan loves its nature – land, lakes and wilderness – they shouldn't vote for McCain/Palin.


KK
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 11:02 am

I'm a democrat from New England. I'm voting for Obama. Your compelling editorial makes me breathe a sigh of relief that McCain isn't heeding your advice. And even though Kerry and Gore won the state, it seems that Obama certainly was done a favor by the McCain campaign. Thanks


LAR
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 11:48 am

The only think McCain has going for him in MI and most other states is pale males.


GOPvoterfraud
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

Michigan will still be in play if the GOP succeeds with their voter purge and you can bet that McCain and company will be working very hard on that! If they feel that they can swing MI using this bit of fraud then they rightly shouldn't spend anymore money there— no sense in doing so, if you already have it in the bag.


Gwen
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

Debunking the McCain maverick/hero myth:

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/mak…


osage
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

The average annual cost to an employer who provides health insurance for his or employees is $12,000 per employee. If you are currently making $40,000 per year, under McCain's proposed health insurance program, you'd pay income tax on $52,000 instead of $40,000 ($40,000 + $12,000 = $52,000). Why in the name of self-preservation would any working class citizen choose to vote for someone who wants them to pay taxes on $12,000 of “income” they don't actually receive? Assuming a 28% federal income tax rate, an individual currently making $40,000 would pay an additional $3,360 per year or $280 per month (52,000 x 28 % = 14,560 and 40,000 x 28% = 11,200 —- 14,560 – 11,200 = 3,360). That would be the same as increasing your income tax rate from 28% to 36.4%. Who is stupid enough to fall for this ripoff? Why would anyone vote for any candidate who is proposing to increase his or her income tax rate by 8.4% in order for them to keep the health insurance they already have? And by the way, tens of thouands of employers would immediately drop employee health insurance programs and leave tens of millions of employees without health insurance coverage of any kind. WHO WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN?


rich
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

First, McCain is not a soldier, he was a sailor and there is a world of difference. Soldiers have the courage to fight the battle up close and personal while sailors fight well away from the ground combat where most of them are out of harm's way. Second, McCain left Michigan because he was gettin ghis butt beat and he is running out of money. He will be withdrawing from other states shortly.


Melanie
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

McCAIN HAS NOT LEFT MICHIGAN…. THIS IS A RED HERRING!!!


jenifer
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

great response!


jenifer
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

can I repost this on other boards?


osage
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

OK with me.


Tucker
Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

LETTER TO ALL AMERICANS

On November 4, 2008, we all get to vote for a candidate for President. Don’t let your party affiliation, surpass, the reality, of, what we are, all, presently dealing with in our every day lives as Americans.

If you are financially, OK, then you can afford another financial hit in the next four years from the Bush-Chenney/McCain-Palin administration-ticket. They have made it clear…

1.CENSORSHIP- Another factor of this teams leadership style, you had better become use to is… the censorship (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party). If, wanting to burn books in a library (Palin) that doesn’t fit with the “propaganda” (Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party); it should at least have a familiar, historical, ring. Journalists please answer this question for me… do you still have your right to “freedom of press and freedom of speech”?

2.FUNDING EDUCATION -Along with the under funding of education (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party). The less educated the people, the less questioning of “questionable” practices or citizens taking action.

3.RELIGION- In accordance, with watching a city of its own people drowning (dying), along with some of the extremist religious sermons, lectures and hypnosis’s of why it occurred (Bush, Cheney, the religious right and the Republican Party).

4.PRESERVING THE CONSTITUTION- Coupled with unconstitutional surveillance and torturing means. I guess Americans need to see people hauled off into concentration camps before we react—hey, haven’t we seen this in Cuba with the unlawful detaining of… substitute Arabs for Jews?

5.WAR- Don’t forget the familiar ring of war, war, war, all the time and the “worldview” being outside the norm for this stage in history.

6.SEPARATISM- Take a good look at the pictures of Americans that are following these two campaigns–conventions and campaign attendees. The participants–in one crowd; the crowds qualitative connotation is emphasizing an American “imperial, purist, sovereign, republican party” utilizing a totalitarian philosophy along with speeches riddled with fear tactics; and, in another crowd–it mirrors the rest of the country. Leaves other Americans to believe, if they don’t look like the incoming regime (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party) or, embrace their philosophies, you will be left out in the cold, literally, (should explain the record home foreclosures and failing economy coupled with record oil prices and overall stick it to the people on the lower end of the totem pole mentality. No point in mentioning anything about this at a convention, or on the campaign trail). Hitler’s philosophy…either you are for our beliefs, or…

7.PROPAGANDA-The staged speeches, staged campaigning and nonsensical talking points, some which are outright lies. The choosing of an actress/politician/right-wing extremist/beauty contestant, for VP, counting on the uneducated to put the party into totalitarian rule. After Americans have 12 years (the past 8 + 4 more) of Republican Party rule… do you think Americans will ever remember living in a democracy? Also, this will make the Republicans the single most dominant party in American history, insuring, in definite, future control over America.

The choice of this election is not one just based on the economy or war: It’s of preserving “America” which we can understand any community in America being focused on doing; preserving our culture and heritage.

Republicans are focused on insuring a “puritanical- morally rigorous and strict” rule and American environment, always, being afraid, of those who differ from ourselves (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party). Ask yourself…do you fit in to this perspective of America?

It’s the obvious, that is disturbing…AMERICA is not puritanical and all her people should be working together to make her the best she can be, not, tearing her apart, by race, religion, culture, political or socio economic division.

MY FELLOW AMERICANS…the choice is simple…

Either America will move forward to the 21st century adapting a more global world perspective (along with a pressure relief for us all), or, we move “backward” and stay in the 20th century clinging to ideals and concepts that have never worked in Nazi Germany and will not work in America.

IF YOU THINK THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO
You are wrong. Before you vote…go on a letter writing campaign, show up at campaign stops in your area and raise hard questions, loudly, without malice, to in the least, raise doubts about their message. Fax over your concerns to your elected officials Washington office, particularly, those running for re-election. Bombard them with objections of things YOU find questionable. You will not be alone.

Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a concept used to describe political systems where a state (state of mind) regulates nearly every aspect of public and private life (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party).

The term is usually applied to Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Sh?wa Japan or communist states, such as USSR, Democratic Kampuchea, Vietnam, Mao-era and modern China and North Korea (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party).

Totalitarian regimes or movements maintain themselves in political power by means of an official all-embracing ideology and propaganda disseminated through the state/party-controlled mass media, a single party that controls the state (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party), personality cults, central state/party-controlled economy, regulation and restriction of free discussion and criticism (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party), the use of mass surveillance (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party), and widespread use of terror tactics (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party).

PEOPLE we are one Republican presidency from becoming totalitarian. Particularly, if the economy keeps declining for normal folks which make them less of a voice because of socio-economics; the ideology and propaganda will be amplified and the media more controlled then the last 8 years. The world is pretty close to seeing us as Nazi America based on our actions the last eight years (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party).

If we vote (McCain-Palin, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party), we are telling the world…we the people, endorse their style of leadership. This will be the third time, for Americans doing so.

THIS WAS ISSUED TO AMERICA FROM THE WORLD

Leaders from around the world were willing to look once more to America as the leader of the free world.

Now, with the insulting choice of Palin as a vice president running mate, McCain has erased all that Obama accomplished with moving towards restoring America’s world image.

World leaders are not looking forward to pinpointing their country’s location on a map for Palin who just got a passport in 2006. Shakespeare cautioned us about individuals with vaulting ambition and a lack of self knowledge. He also told us (Hamlet) to watch out for the rash.

John McCain made a rash decision, which could haunt Americans for decades, especially when the media completes its vetting process.

Having lost love ones in the last war, we thank John McCain for his service, but I also remember some escaped, and some died. We are, not, willing to allow him to destroy the future for generations to come, because he was a POW.

How does John McCain intend to address the issues of our time?

His Vice President pick, Palin, recently asked “What does a Vice President do”?

Hence, she has ambition, but lacks the knowledge of what she can and can not do.

John McCain is just reckless, a figure straight out of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and we all know how those stories end.

VOTE MCCAIN-PALIN 2008


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Comment posted October 3, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

McPalin is toast & they know it.
McCain's campaign & eratic behavior are causing severe anxiety among this Nation's citizens.
Obama instills a sense of hope & future well being. A sense of even handed, well thought out decisions & a willingness to listen.
A new day is dawning in America & it's time we all pull together & dig ourselves out.


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What the writer is leaving out is McCain doesn't believe in Michigan. He is against labor unions. He refused to raise the minimum wage. And he voted against the automanufacturers. He voted to divert funding from research, development and investment, alternative energy, and fuel efficiency. His votes in the Senate aided “DEFENSE” contractors.

McCain wants to fight wars. To fight wars, oil is needed. So he fights a war to gain oil. Few planes, carriers, fighter jets, helicopters, tanks, ships, submarines, and weapons manufacturers are fuel efficient — if any.

If Michigan wants to gain support in a McCain administration, God forbid, it will need more casinos, more bars, more pharmaceuticals, and more businesses listed in the paragraph above.

If Michigan loves its nature – land, lakes and wilderness – they shouldn't vote for McCain/Palin.


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I'm a democrat from New England. I'm voting for Obama. Your compelling editorial makes me breathe a sigh of relief that McCain isn't heeding your advice. And even though Kerry and Gore won the state, it seems that Obama certainly was done a favor by the McCain campaign. Thanks


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The only think McCain has going for him in MI and most other states is pale males.


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Michigan will still be in play if the GOP succeeds with their voter purge and you can bet that McCain and company will be working very hard on that! If they feel that they can swing MI using this bit of fraud then they rightly shouldn't spend anymore money there— no sense in doing so, if you already have it in the bag.


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