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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Straight-Shooting

“As you know, I have been a wee bit critical of the current Administration. While I believe that Fearless Leader is, of course, perfect and without flaw, his people have let us down time and time again. Since the current laws will not allow Fearless Leader a third term to clean up his Administration, it is important that we find someone new to follow in his footsteps. Someone brave. Someone decisive. Someone who will not bend with the political winds, but will stand tall for what he believes in. A straight-shooter. A man like John McCain.”

"’I'd love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary,’ McCain told the Chronicle in an article published Friday. ‘But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.’"
-Washington Post, August 24, 1999

“Sure, he’s a Republican, but so was Lincoln. He’s pro-choice! He’s practically a liberal, and nothing will make ‘straight-talk’ McCain give up on his values.”

"I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."
-Sen. John McCain, February 18, 2007

“Ok.. Apparently he isn’t pro-choice. He is anti-choice, and unlike what he said in 1999, supports kicking out Roe v. Wade. It is a little bit of a flip flop, but hey, he was just clarifying his position, not giving in to the extremists on the far right of the Republican Party.”

“I am a pro-life, pro-family fiscal conservative, an advocate of a strong defense, and yet Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and a few Washington leaders of the pro-life movement call me an unacceptable presidential candidate. They distort my pro- life positions and smear the reputations of my supporters.
Why? Because I don't pander to them, because I don't ascribe to their failed philosophy that money is our message.
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.”
-John McCain, February 28, 2000

“That’s right! Give em’ hell John. You can’t let people like Falwell and Robertson try to force you away from what you believe in. Stand tall Straight-Shooter!”

“Gov. Bush swung far to the right and sought out the base support of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Those aren’t the ideas that I think are good for the Republican Party.”
-John McCain, Meet the Press, March 3, 2000

‘Stay on target..”

“RUSSERT: Do you believe that Jerry Falwell is still an agent of intolerance?
MCCAIN: No, I don’t. I think that Jerry Falwell can explain to you his views on this program when you have him on.”
-Interview with John McCain, Meet the Press, April 2, 2006

“Ohhh… wipeout. Ok, it wasn’t politically wise to call out the Religious Right, but at least he wasn’t kissing Falwell’s rear like many in the party do. John McCain is still his own man. He has his pride!”

“American military hero and Arizona Sen. John McCain will deliver the Commencement message at Liberty University on May 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the Liberty University Vines Center.
While Sen. McCain and Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell have had their share of political differences through the years, the two men share a common respect for each other and have become good friends in their efforts to preserve what they see as common values. This will mark his first ever appearance at Liberty University.”
-Liberty University Press Release, March 28, 2006

“Ow. That’s going to leave a mark. Still, while the Straight-Shooter may be cozying up with the Religious Right, he has not forgotten the lessons of the mid-term elections: You need to be critical of the Administration if you want to be elected in 2008.”

"’While Secretary Rumsfeld and I have had our differences, he deserves Americans' respect and gratitude for his many years of public service,’ McCain said last year when Rumsfeld stepped down.”
-Associated Press, February 20, 2007

“Pssst… John.. I said you need to be critical.”

“Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for years and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as one of the worst in history.

‘We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement - that's the kindest word I can give you - of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war,’ the Arizona senator told an overflow crowd of more than 800 at a retirement community near Hilton Head Island, S.C. ‘The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously.’"
-Associated Press, February 20, 2007

“Much better. Now just remember that while you can be critical of Fearless Leader’s flying monkeys (especially those no longer in office), you cannot say anything critical about the Great Man himself.”

“For his determination to undertake [the war on terrorism], and for his unflagging resolve to see it through to a just end, President Bush deserves not only our support, but our admiration,”
-John McCain, August 30, 2004

“Good! Good job Senator McCain. Remember, when you are nice to the Administration, the Administration will be nice to you..”

“When they pass that basket

Folk contribute to
You out in for Mama
She'll put out for you

The folks atop the ladder
Are the ones the world adores
So boost me up my ladder, Kid
And I'll boost you up yours”
-“When You’re Good to Mama”, Chicago

“..unless you are just a chump being played.”

“The US Senate voted 90-9 early last month to attach an amendment authored by Republican Senator John McCain to a defense spending bill that would prohibit ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading’ treatment of detainees in US custody. But the White House has threatened to veto the measure and has lobbied senators to have the language removed or modified to allow an exemption for the Central Intelligence Agency.”
-AFP, November 13, 2005


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