GOP Releases Obama/Blagojevich Video, McCain Unhappy

Then, from Politico:


On ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked: “The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President- elect Obama has dealt with this.

“He’s had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they’ve had with Governor [Rod] Blagojevich. He says that Obama’s promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?”

McCain replied: “I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.”

I’d like to say that it’s “unbelievable,” but it’s not. John McCain is at his most comfortable when rebuking the Republican Party and conservatives. He’s proven that over and over and over again. It’s why I was not surprised back during the primary when news came out that McCain had considered running alongside John Kerry in the 2004 election. It’s why I won’t be surprised when Barack Obama chooses McCain to spearhead either (1) his plans to open our southern border and provide amnesty to illegal aliens, or (2) push economy- and industry-crippling cap-and-trade legislation through Congress.

In many ways, Barack Obama’s presidency could, in some ways, be less damaging than a McCain presidency would have been. In Obama, Congress and the people know what they have — despite his recent pragmatism, you have the heart and soul of a extremely left-leaning politician. McCain, however, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and would have had a less difficult time getting closer to and nabbing a sheep.

Unbelievable? Hardly.

Disappointing? Absolutely.

UPDATE: I just saw that McCain also said that he may not support Sarah Palin in 2012. At the very least, after the unequivocal support she showed for a flawed and failed presidential candidate in the face of the worst media scrutiny I’ve ever seen, the least the man could have done was say “yes.” Classy move, John.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why in the world is THIS story catching so much media attention when the bigger story is the fact that Obama refuses to produce 1 legit paper that proves that he is actually eligible for the Office of Presidency?
    I am flabbergasted that the SCOTUS is throwing out legitimate lawsuits.
    Well, I guess when you are paying 3 law FIRMS you can persuade the SCOTUS your way.
    How many of you know that we are only 2 states voting to re-do the Constitution as we know it?

  2. Anonymous says:

    The republicans did not have a candidate in the 2008 presidential election. This election could have been won with a strong, conservative who was willing to fight to win. Republicans could not differentiate themselves from democrats because on all the major issues – taxes, the environment, drilling for oil, amnesty – McCain was not that far off from democrats. And now, it has come to light that he was not eligible to serve as POTUS either.

  3. Anonymous says:
  4. Vivi Aviv says:

    Anon II,

    During the campaign, I felt that McCain did not deserve to become POTUS. At the same time, I was angry, no, furious b/c we did/do not deserve to have BHO as president.

    As far as the SCOTUS, they are an embarrassment. I’ve lost all my friends who always thought I was a lib but now publicly speaking out against HO. God bless these blogs. I feel like I have soul mates here.

    btw, on americanthinker.com there is a fairly good explanation for the layman by Randall Hoven in an article called “natural born pickle” re the SC actions.

  5. MaryAlice says:

    Please see the following link
    for the Bill being presented by
    Oklahoma State Rep Mike Ritze
    to require proof of citizenship
    before being allowed on a ballot.

    http://arkansasmatters.com/context/
    fulltext/news/?cid=165111

    Also at http://www.worldnetdaily.com
    under Obama Watch Central

    This is the direction we need to take in all 50 States.

  6. John Galt says:

    In Obama, Congress and the people know what they have ->>

    I think that you are dead wrong on this.

    The people of America, except for the Marxists have no idea who Obama is.

    Put a multiple choice question before 1,000 people and all members of Congress regarding Obama's political views starting with Center then moving to left of center, socialist and communist and I guarantee you that not 5% of the answers will say communist.

    They are also clueless to the fact that he will be a dictator.

    Sorry Jeff, but you are naive and wrong on this one 100%

  7. Arlen Williams says:

    Featured via link with the YouTube on http://investigatingobama.blogspot.com/
    …with a hat tip.
    Law schooling blessings.
    AW, I.O.

  8. RatTrader says:

    I respectively disagree with your assessment. I think McCain is just trying to distance himself from Obama’s roots…the Chicago Machine.

    Having grown up in Chicago, I can tell you that the corruption is wide spread. From the Aldermen in the neighborhoods to the Mayors office and up the ladder. Here is recent story about the Chicago Machine that relates to Obama:

    http://www.newsmax.com/reagan/obama_blagojevich/2008/12/13/161560.html

  9. citizenwells says:

    With all due respect to Mr. McCain and his history of service to this country, he needs to start being fair to the American public and quit trying to be fair to the unscrupulous Obama camp.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I continue to be disappointed by McCain. For that matter I’ve considered all Republican presidential candidates during the past 40 years to be “the least worst,” not “the best” option.

    This year it was McCain’s turn to run…it was owed to him. Can the RNC find a competent and worthy candidate in 2012?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Why are Obama’s Meetings with Blago Over Open Senate Seat Getting Scrubbed from the Internet?

    Read the full story here:
    http://wethepeopleusa.ning.com/profiles/blogs/why-are-obamas-meetings-with

  12. K says:

    Jeff, you are correct — a McCain presidency would have been disastrous. Everyone would have breathed a big sigh of relief and gone back to their complacency. This is what happened during the Bush years while his administration trampled the Constitution unchecked!

    Well, guess what? My eyes are wide open now. It is obvious that both parties have conspired (yes, I said the C word) against WE THE PEOPLE. The GOP will NEVER get my vote again unless there are serious changes and I see ACTION behind their words. The next 4-8 years will be a test to see what GOP is made of. If it is like what I see in McCain, no thank you. As I see it, it makes no difference who gets in so why not “throw away my vote” on a 3rd party candidate. It’s worth a try for something different. I think many other American’s are feeling exactly the same way.

    I am encouraged how all the diverse 3rd parties have come TOGETHER to speak out against Ohio’s attempt for a Constitutional Convention. That’s progress!

    When we ourselves can be transparent and see past our own partisanship, we will get much more done. No, I am not talking about compromising our principles. Never! I’m talking about working collectively to preserve our rights. We must do this NOW. There is no time to lose.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Are you kidding? Obama is MUCH worse than McCain! And NO, the American people do NOT “know what they have” (as you said). What they have foolishly elected is a Marxist (no less) who will stuff the Fed bureaucracy with like-minded leftists.

    Sure, McCain was a big disappointment. He was ham-handed, ran a bad campaign, particularly in the last weeks when it counted most! But you are kidding yourself to think that there is any silver lining here!

    The face of America is about to be changed forever. The BO administration will undermine the country, and quickly. I can only hope that one of the courts will force BO to show he is unqualified [e.g. dual citizenship(s)] so that I can openly refuse to follow his mandates, etc.

    As Dickens said, “The Law is an Ass!”

    We are finding this out in the U.S. courts the hard way – to Obama’s advantage and our own detriment!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Jeff, a few days after the election I read a blogger’s posting on some blog somewhere, who suggested that Obama won the election because his voters actually voted “for” Obama as opposed to McCain voters who voted not “for” McCain, but “against” Obama. At first I was half on the fence about the statement, but as time passes, I think those thoughts will resonate more and more in the minds of the 48 % of Americans who voted for McCain. — I voted for McCain, but all the while I kept thinking to myself what a wasted vote…its my belief that McCain was the 2nd worst thing that ever happened to the Republican Party – I believe that the first was G.W. Bush. – We desperately need real leaders and not a bunch of people who want to temper their comments so the liberal left feels warm and fuzzy about their statements. McCain lost the election because McCain deserved to loss – he did little other that tell us about his war record to gain our confidence and support. America lost because we don’t have REAL leaders, or at least we were afraid to elect a better leader during the Republican primaries. I hope we can learn from this and stop pandering to the liberals as we move forward!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Here here. We had two bad choices in this election. I’m scared for our country. The corruption and sleaze is sickening.

  16. Anonymous says:

    from TurnRight:

    Interesting. Against a charismatic and obviously sexually virulent Bill Clinton in ’96 and now an Obama in ’08, we on the right have sent out as our champion someone who is a poster child for Viagra. Are we forever to be held as this blankety-blank naive?

    Kennedy just killed Nixon by way of charisma in the ’60 campaign, especially the TV debates. Bobby would have done the same to Nixon in ’68. Carter did it to Ford in ’76, Reagan to Carter and Mondale in ’80 and ’84 respectively. Somehow Bush I out-charisma’d Dukakis in ’88. And of course there’s Clinton v Bush I in ’92.

    Republicans, in order to win, have got to stop reaching into the past to pull out their Paul von Hindenburgs, thinking that the electorate cares that much about flatlined geriatric has-beens.

    That has-beens got there by being exemplary is undeniable in many cases, but the text-messaging, live-for-the-moment poliical innocents allowed to vote for president of all of us respond best to someone who has surface appeal. If we can provide that appeal, as well as depth, such as in the case with Sarah, we’ll be in much better stead.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am really f&*@ing sick of McCain. I've had more than enough of his inability to cast blame in ANY situation. God Bless the man but he continues to do harm to his cause no matter the price. I wish he would just step down and walk away if he's going to fight the GOP every step we take.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,
    You are being very unreasonable and illogical regarding McCain statement. Keep in mind McCain knows a lot more than those of us spectators. McCain knows Obama is “cooked” and perhaps even “fully cooked”. He is crippled before even taking office. Why kick him more when he is down. He will self-destruct without a few verbal jabs by McCain. Staying above the fray is not a sell-out, it is a smart move.

    Frankly I believe McCain lost to a corrupt and constitutionally ineligible con man like Obama because of the so-called conservatives like you. Ten million republicans stayed home while people like me who is not a democrat or republican worked so darn hard to get McCain elected. The so-called conservatives deserve Obama.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I know about the Constitution Conference. They only need 34 states and they have 32. With Ohio asking it’s getting to close for my comfort. Some have rescinded but that doesn’t matter. The kicker is that these states have asked so they could have the FEDS have a balanced budget not knowing what could really happen. People check it out and get people aware of this before it’s to late. They could throw the whole Constitution out and start over. God forbid!
    Appreciate all you do, Jeff. Good luck on your studies!
    I never post but do read everyday. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Gee, Jeff, am I missing something? When I read what you wrote McCain said, I took it literally! He said that “the information will come out, it always does”. In other words, if there’s anything shady Obama’s camp did, it will be known. Here’s the quote:

    “I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.””

  21. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Frankly I believe McCain lost to a corrupt and constitutionally ineligible con man like Obama because of the so-called conservatives like you. Ten million republicans stayed home while people like me who is not a democrat or republican worked so darn hard to get McCain elected. The so-called conservatives deserve Obama.

    I most certainly did NOT stay home, but if McCain truly did lack votes from his base–and he did–perhaps he could have actually come out and looked like a conservative.

    McCain got two bumps in his numbers, first when he announced [conservative] Sarah Palin as his running mate, and second after he came off looking conservative after the Saddleback Church event.

    Then, his failure to go to Washington and speak out against that $700 billion bailout–thus distancing himself from both Bush and Obama, and realigning himself with conservatives–sealed his fate by reminding the base of the GOP that McCain has, time and time again, sold them down the river.

    He did it with the BCRA, which pissed all over the First Amendment and did little more than protect incumbents. He tried to do it with regard to climate change legislation and thankfully failed, though it will be back under Obama and with McCain’s support. He tried to do it with Comprehensive Immigration Reform, also thankfully shot down but also ready for a comeback. He came out against the Bush tax cuts, which gave us the prosperity now a distant memory thanks to the nonfeasance and malfeasance of Congress.

    He ran a shoddy campaign put together with popsicle sticks and chewing gum. He failed to connect the democrats with the housing/credit crisis and with high gas prices. He refused to hit hard against a candidate with a limitless amount of horrible associations and past legislative blunders? Did you hear ANYTHING from McCain about the Global Poverty Act? Did you hear more than one sentence about Obama’s stance on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act?

    Heck, we didn’t hear about William Ayers from anybody until late September. We NEVER heard from McCain about Rashid Khalidi, about Frank Marshall Davis.

    McCain dropped the ball. Yes, he is an American hero. Absolutely. But as a presidential candidate, he was dead in the water.

    But I still voted for him, because he was the best guy on the ballot.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’ve lost all respect for McCain. When I read the other day about the fact that Obama and Hillary had back in 2007 tried to pass a bill to allow McCain to run for the Presidency since they all acknowledged that he wasn’t legally able to under the Natural Born Citizen requirement, I realized why McCain never made this an issue with Obama. As far as I’m concerned McCain sold out our country by never speaking up to protect his run for the White House.

  23. Vivi Aviv says:

    Jeff, For the reasons you just enumerated, I felt that McCain did not deserve or really wanted the presidency. Maybe by design. Who knows. No matter how “dangerous” you say he might have been, HO is dangerous and disasterous. It would take generations to undo what his administration will do.

  24. Bobby K. says:

    Not to get off subject, but I was just finishing the Pittsburg/Ravens game when “60 Min” came on and started talking about Barney Franks being the smartest member of the Senate. Leave it to them, thought I was gonna fall off of the sofa before I could change the channel….

  25. Janet says:

    Jeff, something strange just came up on the citizenwells blog. I know you’re in the midst of tests, but maybe you or someone else here can look into this. I am, too.

    The post I read was encouraging Leo Donofrio to look into Obama getting a scholarship in 1981 as a foreign student from Indonesia for El Camino College in California using the name Barry Mustajab (or something close to that).

    Startlingly, I just read yesterday that Lolo Soetoro’s full name was Lolo Soetoro Mustajab (sp?).

    I’m going to call or write to the college Monday.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Monday 12/15/08 – THE SCOTUS will issue “denied” to the CONN case.
    The fix is in at the SCOTUS…between the idiology of the Clerks and the Justices, there is little chance of Constitutional Law.
    The Law is done, the Constitution is done, and the SCOTUS is done.
    After 30 years of educational failure, and politically correct school system, we have a new generation of idiots and journalists, with absolute no desire to think and understand the law.
    EXAMPLE: Bobby Jindal is not eligible as a Natural Born Citizen, ( Parents came to USA year before he was born, not US Citizens)yet all of MSM and Political parties, keep talking about him being a POTUS.
    Well, SCOTUS will set example with OBAMA, and the hell with Article 1, we will be a great nation with our military under the leadership of a foreign subject.
    GOD HELP US ALL !!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    The think that really scared me about McCain winning was all the RINOs that would line up behind him to get the store away. Every stinking time he reached across the isle, conservatives pulled back a bloody stump. Maybe our RINOs can muster up a set to stand against a Marxist.

  28. sharon says:

    McCain is not a true conservative. Never has been, and for a lot of people their vote for him was nothing more than a vote against Obama, oe for Sarah Palin. Maybe he can pair up with Colin Powell…. I voted McCain, I am afraid of Obama period… But, someone here wrote about how united we are and that is so true…. I think we will pull together the next 4 years and with luck educate the population..

  29. Anonymous says:

    McCain has turned into an Obama lackey and will do his bidding in the congress.

  30. Koyaan says:

    Anonymous wrote:

    People check it out and get people aware of this before it’s to late. They could throw the whole Constitution out and start over. God forbid!

    So are you saying that the provision for a convention should never have been included in Article V?

    Should the Constitution be amended to remove it?

    Just curious.

    k

  31. Koyaan says:

    Janet wrote:

    Jeff, something strange just came up on the citizenwells blog. I know you’re in the midst of tests, but maybe you or someone else here can look into this. I am, too.

    The post I read was encouraging Leo Donofrio to look into Obama getting a scholarship in 1981 as a foreign student from Indonesia for El Camino College in California using the name Barry Mustajab (or something close to that).

    Startlingly, I just read yesterday that Lolo Soetoro’s full name was Lolo Soetoro Mustajab (sp?).

    I’m going to call or write to the college Monday.

    I was just researching this.

    It’s a load of bullshit.

    First, it’s not El Camino College, it’s El Camino High School, here in Sacramento, California.

    Second, why would Obama be going to high school in Sacramento, California?

    Third, in 1981, Obama would have been 19-20. What’s he doing going to high school at that age?

    The story has its roots in this snippet from Google Books:

    Journal of the Senate, Legislature of the State of California

    I was able to figure out that the El Camino High School referred to was the El Camino High School here in Sacramento because all of the other high schools mentioned in the snippet, Encina High School, El Camino High School, La Sierra High School, and Sacramento High School are all high schools here in Sacramento, where I live.

    It was further obvious that it was El Camino High School in Sacramento because all of the people mentioned were here in Sacramento, on the Senate floor that day.

    Throughout the Journal you’ll find entries reading “On request of Senator So-And-So, the privilege of the floor of the Senate Chamber for this day was unanimously extended to the following adults/students, etc.” for things like school field trips.

    The year 1981 seems to have just been made up out of thin air, as there is simply no way to determine the year by what’s in the snippet.

    You’d have to look at the Journal to get that.

    k

  32. Janet says:

    Obama will change America as we know it including changing the Constitution so that even Osama bin Laden or Hussein (hold it, those names are just too close for comfort to BO) could be president of the United States.

    No guns to defend ourselves but instead Obama’s civilian army to keep you in your place and indoctrinate all the young ‘uns to HIS way of thinking.

    This would virtually become a one-party country as ACORN would go hog-wild with no regulations and Obama would have term limits eliminated and …… VOILA! The One would be The One forever. You’ve got neighboring Cuba as an example.

    So … ya still wanna wait til 2012 to get someone else for Prez? No. The Usurper cannot be inaugurated, no matter how many people already bought tickets and no matter what Oprah says or thinks.

  33. Anonymous says:

    If Koyaan says that the El Camino thing is not true, then I would seriously consider looking into it further. So far, on ALL of the blogs I have visited, anything that Koyaan says is misleading and inaccurate.

  34. Anonymous says:

    As a PUMA Dem. who supported John McCain, I am completely disgusted. Second to this outrageous comment is the non-support of a Gov. Palin run in 12. McCain is really a sham. What the heck happened to that waffle?

  35. MIDDLE CLASS GUY says:

    I believe that Obama was attending Occidental College beginning in the fall of 1980 and would not have been a high school student in 1981.

    Thanks, Ken

  36. Jose Alvarez says:

    Though I am Republican I am utterly amazed that the Republicans are so shocked at the lack of transparency of Barry Obama now with the Illinois scandal. We have all been seeing this lack of transparency at least as far as August 21 when Berg filed the first of 20 COLB lawsuits.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Give McCain a break, so what is he wasn’t conservative enough to get the Repubs’ support, he was afterall a better candidate than that other one. McCain’s biggest mistake was not doing his best to pull himself away from Bush for I feel a majority of Americans voted against the party that was in office and forgot all about the actual candidates.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Another disappointment from SCOTUS

    Supreme Court Turns Down Connecticut NBC Case
    The U.S. Supreme Court released a new round of orders this morning from its Friday conference, which included the denial of an application for injunctive relief in a Connecticut case, Wrotnowski v. Connecticut Secretary of State, challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president under the “natural born citizen” requirement of Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. This is the second case the high court has turned down in as many weeks. The proponents of this legal challenge needed the approval of four justices to hear the case. There is speculation that at least two, Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, wanted to hear the case. Thomas resubmitted the Donofrio case to conference after Justice Souter turned down the original application. Similarly, Justice Scalia resubmitted the Wrotnowski case to conference after Justice Ruth Ginsberg turned down the original application. There are other pending cases around the country, but it seems highly unlikely this matter will be reviewed by the Supreme Court before President-elect Obama takes office on January 20, 2009. Note that Indiana’s 11 electors meet today at the State House to cast Indiana’s electoral votes for Barack Obama.

    AdvanceIndiana.com

  39. Koyaan says:

    Anonymous wrote:

    If Koyaan says that the El Camino thing is not true, then I would seriously consider looking into it further. So far, on ALL of the blogs I have visited, anything that Koyaan says is misleading and inaccurate.

    And if you’d care to actually show that which has been misleading and inaccurate, people might take you seriously.

    In the meantime, so far, on ALL of the blogs I have visited, anything that this anonymous person says is misleading and inaccurate.

    So there.

    k

  40. Koyaan says:

    MIDDLE CLASS GUY wrote:

    I believe that Obama was attending Occidental College beginning in the fall of 1980 and would not have been a high school student in 1981.

    Seems it wasn’t 1981, it was 1964. And it was indeed El Camino High School here in Sacramento.

    Apparently this came up back in October, and the speculation was whether or not it was Lolo Soetoro:

    Pics of “Soetoro”

    How it morphed into it being Obama in 1981, well, I won’t go there. ;)

    k

  41. Anonymous says:

    There is a Junior College in Torrence ,CA named ElCamino. I attended it. It is pretty big for a Jr. College, maybe he went there?

  42. politicalthirdrail says:

    It seems to me that this add is misplaced and an attempted “I told you so” type response to the election. I told you so, however correct, does not offer solutions to the problem. There won’t be a do over election, so we work with the cards we’ve been dealt.

    Of course if the Republicans were truly serious about this, they’d investigate the NBC issue, but I’m not holding out much hope on that one.

    The only way to successfully challenge Obama at this point is to have Republican Guerilla Congress that has got to be ready to operate to delay, detract, and deny legislation while simultaneously offering viable alternatives. In essence they need to have something a “shadow governmnet” ready willing and able to quickly shoot down legislation and immediately respond with alternative conservative legislative proposals.

  43. Anonymous says:

    An American oligarchy has come out of the closet and now struts about like a rooster. We have the grandchildren of American politicians and government workers coming into “the family business” without shame or embarrassment. The notion of meritocracy, individual liberty and ascendent talent in Washington D.C. becomes more laughable by the day.

    What’s interesting is the structural depth of generational failure being revealed. We’re cooked. We’re done. The Chinese and Indians have enjoyed an unprecedented explosion in engineers and basic research — undeterred by the corruption, political correctness, obstructionism and ‘credentialism’ that plagues modern American universities and basic education.

    These “stupid foreigners” now spend their days creating inventions, infrastructure, technology and next-generation military superiority, just like our fathers and grandfathers did. They saw what was accomplished and learned how to do it themselves; paid the personal price to get it done. Now they do it.

    The children of these Americans, however, appear to be an unfolding disaster — not the rank and file but the elite, our so-called best, the chosen, the credentialed, the accredited, the well-bred and well-connected.

    This is a dangerous age we have entered. The problem is not so much the world we’re in, but the failed generation consolidating control of our government; the hubris, corruption and sloth that now permeates the great institutions that were handed over to “our nation’s best and brightest” only to be looted, mishandled and beset with folly.

    McCain is old, but he’s a poster boy for American privilege and entitlement — a harbinger of the faulty generations that are now consolidating final control of our government, our schools and corporate institutions, for profit and non.

    Beware my contemporaries. They are technicians, not artists. Politicians, not philosophers. All philanthropy and other acts of power are but displaced celebrity and conspicuous condescension. They are not fit for power and have no temper for reality, and like the petrified adolescent many of them still are, they will be brutal in the uses of their newfound authority. There will be little balance as they have little to balance to.

    Obama is the least of our worries. He might even prove to be a constructive, mitigating force.

    We have a great military because we have a great street that runs through every community in America.

    Sadly, that is not the street where most our new rulers live.

    And be not mistaken — they have come to rule. Not to lead, not to learn, not to grow, not to work.

    They have come to rule.

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