Obama Snubs Kansas City Mayor

Mayor Funkhouser, who has been harshly criticized by liberal groups (because of his defense of embattled Minuteman member, Frances Semler) was not allowed on stage during Obama’s speech Tuesday night at Municipal Auditorium.

Instead he stood in the background.

“I wasn’t invited to be on stage,” said Mayor Funkhouser. “But, why would I care? I’m not remotely interested in being on stage and trying to be in the celebrity part of this thing.”

The mayor doesn’t believe he was snubbed, but Kansas City Star political reporter Dave Helling does.

“I don’t think people at the presidential level are worried about the kryptonite from Mark Funkhouser,” Helling says. “But, in any campaign, you don’t want to have to fight the fights you don’t have to fight.”

Funkhouser is fighting harsh criticism and opponents who are demanding a recall election.

“I don’t see myself as political kryptonite,” said Funkhouser.

The mayor believes he was excluded because his political star just isn’t bright enough yet.

“We’re not in the same class,” said Funkhouser. “They’re 747′s. I’m a piper.”

With all due respect….I think Funkhouser is trying to play this down. When a major candidate for POTUS from your own party visits your town, and you are the Mayor of that town…you should expect to be invited on stage during the big speech.

Funkhouser refuses to endorse Obama or any other candidate. The mayor doesn’t want to make any more political enemies.

I daresay.

Obama Voted Mr. Congeniality And Most Liberal…But Mostly Most Liberal

Apologies to Ace for that.

This is red meat for Republicans if he winds up being the nominee:

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal‘s 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate.

Allahpundit surmises that this is why we get ’10 parts gassy “change” to every one part specific policy proposals’.

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That Pain McCain Is Driving Us Insane

And we’re about to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Not too long ago, Hillary was looking like an inevitable “sure thing”. But the Clintons’ floundering and dirty politics has managed to sully both Democratic candidates, offering the Republicans a gift we seem loath to accept.

No, he not perfect. No, he doesn’t seem terribly conservative. Yet somehow he’s managed to acquire an 82% career ranking by the American Conservative Union.

Victor Davis Hansen offers these words of wisdom:

In reaction to McCain’s own surge and the Republican windfall, the conservative base went ballistic. Soon a Republican civil war broke out over how best to lose the election.

Despite McCain’s 82-percent career ranking by the American Conservative Union, and his support for balanced budgets, an end to pork-barrel spending and earmarks, strong support for the war, and expressed regret over once supporting the Bush illegal immigration reform package, McCain was branded by the conservative media as a sellout and a near liberal. Not to mention that he was supposedly too old and hot-tempered to be the Republican nominee. The more McCain was discovered not to be a perfect conservative, the more he was accused of not even being a good one.

Even stranger, the various Republican candidates began invoking Ronald Reagan’s three-decade-old tenure as the new litmus test of the times — apparently to show how moderates like the wayward McCain fell far short of the Gipper’s true-blue conservatism.

Were conservatives supposed to forget that a maverick Reagan raised some taxes, signed an illegal-alien amnesty bill, expanded government, appointed centrist Supreme Court justices, advocated nuclear disarmament, sold arms to Iran, and pulled out of Lebanon — but to remember only that John McCain was not for the original Bush tax cuts or once supported the administration’s offer of a quasi-amnesty?

I’m all for pointing out the differences in the candidates, and attacking a candidate on the points you strongly disagree with. That’s politics.

But this…”I’m staying home”, or worse, “I’m voting for Obama if he’s the nominee” bullshit has got to stop.

If you think our country can survive the foreign policy decisions of a liberal Democrat Commander In Chief at this critical juncture, then I want to know what you’re smoking.

There is still a war on terror going on. That should be the primary consideration for any serious Republican.

And we all know where McCain stands on the war.

I put my country above my party.

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Petre And The Bear

 A seven year old Romanian boy, with the help of his three legged dog, a stick, and -  I’m thinking – one hell of an adrenaline rush,  fought off a 280 pound bear that was attacking his mother:
When the bear appeared, Petre Prundaru ran off and hid behind a tree, but his mother, Anisoara, 40, slipped and fell. When the boy saw the bear grab her by the neck, he picked up a stick and charged it.

His pet dog, Cotonogu, also went for the bear and the animal ran off.

Petre then managed to find a shepherd, who called emergency services. His mother was taken to hospital, where she was treated for cuts.

A hospital spokesman said, most people who get that close to a bear, don’t live to tell the tale.

She (Petre’s mother) said: “We were gathering sticks for firewood when suddenly our little dog, Cotonogu, started to growl, and then out of the bushes came this enormous bear. I stepped backwards and tripped over and shouted at Petre to run.

“Then the bear came and started sniffing me and scratching and biting me. I couldn’t move – I was terrified – and then it opened its mouth and put it round my throat.

“I could feel its breath and its teeth and then I heard Petre and my dog shouting and barking, and the bear was gone. I can’t believe I survived.”

I liked the first comment at the Scotsman’s  website:
 Brave wee laddie and his dog….she is one lucky woman….


Goracle Endorses…..Gay Marriage

Out of the blue, God only knows why, Al Gore has come out with a video that strongly endorses gay marriage.

Not exactly the endorsement Obama was hoping for.

Most Americans, of course disapprove of gay marriage, while supporting civil unions, which puts the Democratic candidates in an awkward position:

It pushes the Democratic establishment that much closer to a position he now shares with Eliot Spitzer and some other leading Dems, and is prompting a bit of grumbling in gay political circles that this batch of candidates aren’t quite there.”Gay men and women ought to have the same rights as heterosexual men and women — to make contracts, to have hospital visiting rights, to join together in marriage, and I don’t understand why it is considered by some people to be a threat to heterosexual marriage,” he says on the video, which appears on his Current TV network. “Shouldn’t we be promoting the kind of faithfulness and loyalty to ones partner regardless of sexual orientation?”

Hillary and Obama say, er…thanks a lot, Al…great timing!

Gore’s video can be seen at The Politico.

In other good news for Democrats…Ralph Nader is considering throwing his hat into the ring!

Ralph Nader has formed a presidential exploratory committee, and said in an interview Wednesday that he will launch another presidential bid if he’s convinced he can raise enough money to appear on the vast majority of state ballots this fall.

I wonder if he’ll be running in his worn out shoes.

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Wednesday’s Hero: Staff Sgt. Justin R. Whiting

SSgt. Justing R. Whiting
27 years old from Hancock, New York
3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
January 19, 2008                       

Staff Sgt. Justin R. Whiting, a Special Forces medical sergeant sustained fatal wounds when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive devise 16 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq.

He is survived by his mother, Estelline, of Colorado Springs, Colo., father, Randall, of Hancock, N.Y., sister, Amanda, of DuPont, Wash., and brother Nathan of Dover, Tenn.

For more information on SSgt. Justin Whiting, you can download this PDF file.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived.

By:Indian Chris

Voter Fraud In MO. Already

The Democrats can shout “Voter disenfranchisement” all they want, but the dead are still not allowed to vote in America.

The St. Louis Election Board discovered that a woman dead since October cast an absentee ballot in the city presidential primary, an official said.

The case is being turned over today to the Department of Justice, said Scott Leiendecker, the Republican director for the St. Louis Election Board.

Leiendecker said officials at the election board believe that the woman’s son cast the ballot by purporting that his mother signed with an “X” and then he signed as a witness. Leiendecker would not divulge the name of the woman or her son.

Leiendecker said that the alleged fraudulent ballot was just one of the 2,000 absentee ballots already cast in the city.

Leiendecker said that with just one such case — and that it was caught right away by election workers — shows that the city’s system to catch voter fraud is working.

I’m glad Leiendecker is on high alert. He needs to be with groups like ACORN out there, collecting mass quantities of fraudulent voter registration cards. This will be a huge issue for Republicans everywhere in November.

Back in March of 2007, The Competitive Enterprise Institute reported on the St. Louis case:

St. Louis election officials received so many fraudulent voter registration cards from ACORN that they sent letters to 5,000 registrants, asking the recipients to contact them, John Fund reported in the Wall Street Journal. Fewer than 40 of the suspect registrants responded.

ACORN activists may have committed election fraud. In Missouri, ACORN and its union allies credit the minimum-wage issue with helping put Democrat Claire McCaskill over the top in her challenge to Republican incumbent Sen. Jim Talent. ACORN’s actions have raised eyebrows—and produced federal indictments.

St. Louis recently indicted 11 different people on voter fraud, according to Leiendecker.
Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst #16

The crescent-topped tower

Not all of the Islamic symbolism in the Flight 93 memorial is hidden. One of the things that Tom Burnett Sr. protested from the beginning was the overtly minaret-like Tower of Voices. The Tower is formed in the shape of an extruded crescent, and even has its top cut at an angle so that its crescent arms reach up into the sky, similar to the upturned crescent motif seen atop minarets all over the world:


Up tower view (left) shows the Tower of Voices to be formed in the shape of an Islamic crescent, covering about 2/3rds of a circle of arc, with a circular inner arc. The top of the tower is cut at an angle (right) so that the crescent arms reach up into the sky.

This sky-reaching crescent is a standard mosque motif, seen from the Abdul Gaffoor mosque in Singapore:


… to Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland:


… to the Uppsala mosque in Sweden:

Swedish mosque with crescents 55%

There is no way that the Islamic shaped crescent atop architect Paul Murdoch’s minaret-like tower is an accident, any more than THIS could possibly be an accident:


That’s before you even get to the hidden stuff, like the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent; the 9/11 date placed in the exact position of the star on an Islamic crescent and star flag; or the fact that the Tower of Voices turns out to be a year round accurate Islamic prayer-time sundial:


Every particle of the original Crescent of Embrace design remains completely intact in the Bowl of Embrace redesign, which only disguised the original crescent with a few irrelevant trees.

That Islamic crescent reaching up into the sky is completely undisguised. How can anyone abide this?


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Bitter Pill: McCain Wins Florida

Michael Graham, sounding a tad bitter over at the Corner, expresses how many conservatives are feeling, tonight:

So it is over. Finished. In November, we’ll be sending out our most liberal, least trustworthy candidate vs. to take on Hillary Clinton—perhaps not more liberal than Barack Obama, but certainly far less trustworthy.

And the worst part for the Right is that McCain will have won the nomination while ignoring, insulting and, as of this weekend, shamelessly lying about conservatives and conservatism.
You think he supported amnesty six months ago? You think he was squishy on tax cuts and judicial nominees before? Wait until he has the power to anger every conservative in America, and feel good about it.
Every day, he dreams of a world filled with happy Democrats and insulted Republicans. And he is, thanks to Florida, the presidential nominee of the Republican party.
And on that note, I’m off to climb into a bottle of Bushmill’s. It’s going to be a LONG nine months.
It seems McCain’s a foregone conclusion at this point, no matter what Hugh says.  Or this guy, holding out hope for a Romney upset on Super Tuesday:
“Look,” I said to my young friends, “starting Wednesday at noon, Rush Limbaugh is going to pull out all the stops. He’s going to hammer McCain with everything he’s got. He’s going to come at him from every angle, for three solid hours, and then he’s going to do it for another three hours on Thursday, then Friday, then Monday, then Tuesday. You can count on 15 hours of Rush doing all he can to persuade conservatives not to vote for McCain, and that’s got to have some effect. Romney made it close, and a week is forever in politics. ….”

Wishful thinking. Rush has already pulled out all the stops against McCain. Take a look at his website, for crying out loud. He may as well rename it, “I Hate John McCain.com”.

Hell, he apparently even voted twice against him. Rush is a good soldier, but in the end, it wasn’t enough…for Florida, at least, and now Mitt has an increasingly difficult uphill battle ahead of him.

CBS News Analysis:

Still, it doesn’t seem likely that McCain will be able to land a knockout punch on Super Tuesday. Romney has what it takes to stay in the ring – deep pockets. And they are his own deep pockets to dip into.

The fact that these two men despise each other doesn’t bode well for the Republican party. One of them is going to emerge, battered and bruised as the party’s nominee, and then we have to expect him to beat the Democratic nominee whose rabid constituents are out numbering us at every contest, even the ones where there are no delegates at play.

The conventional wisdom has been that McCain is the only one who can beat Hillary, or Obama in November. Well, that may be true but what a bitter pill to have to swallow.

At least if his opponent is Hillary, we can look forward to “the most civilized election in American history”.

I guess congratulations are in order.

About That Kennedy Endorsement…

There are somewhat divergent views concerning its significance.

On the one hand…Bryan over at Hot Air, laughed it off:

Fossil from the Paleozoic makes the rounds with Obama, preaching “change”

(I loved that headline):

The most ridiculous spectacle of the 2008 campaign season might be 75-year-old Ted Kennedy, a man who has spent his entire career in politics, a man who has often personified divisive, attack-based politics, a man who owes his very existence on the national stage to his famous name, getting on the Barack Obama “change” bandwagon. The nation ought to be laughing up our collective sleeves about it, but instead Kennedy is treated seriously not just by the Clintons and Obama, but by the press as well.

Michelle Malkin saw it much the same way:

When I watched the Kennedy dynasty’s self-indulgent endorsement of Barack Obama yesterday, I saw a bloated, effete patriarch patting himself on the back and his candidate on the head. I heard empty platitudes and nostalgia and a desperate, windy plea for relevance.

But she takes note that David Brooks of the New York Times:

was enthralled by the “Kennedy mystique.” There was, gushed Brooks, “something important and memorable about the way the 75-year-old Kennedy communed and bonded with a rapturous crowd half a century his junior.”

Brooks goes on to say:

After his callow youth, Kennedy came to realize that life would not give him the chance to be president. But life did ask him to be a senator, and he has embraced that role and served that institution with more distinction than anyone else now living — as any of his colleagues, Republican or Democrat, will tell you.

Something is wrong with that guy!

Brooks, I mean.

Dan Riehl’s take:

Was watching Fox News with Brit’s group and Fred Barnes was laughing and dismissing the Kennedy endorsement of Obama as nothing. Without jumping on the whole group, many of these TV talking heads really are idiots, but what the hell is Fed Barnes smoking? He’s supposed to know something about politics.

As several stories indicated, this comes with access to Kennedy’s fund raising armada, not to mention that Kennedy’s sponsorship of immigration reform and other works has made him one of the favorites among a key Democrat constituency, Hispanics. Hillary is counting on huge margins there to win the nomination. And Kennedy has said, and already planned, to campaign actively for Obama.

His condescending laughter and alleged insight is nothing short of sheer stupidity.

Finally, my friend Francis W. Porretto commented here:

It’s not so much that that Clinton “ship is sinking” as that the Kennedy yin has re-ascended to equal and surpass the Clinton yang. Clintonite politics was the most successful Democrat politics of the postwar period. The Kennedys and their allegiants were regarded as yesterday’s news from roughly 1976, when Ted failed at his bid for the presidency, to 2000, when Al Gore was awarded the nomination without a struggle. But the Kennedy faction, which never completely resigned from its attempt to own the Democrat Party in toto, saw an opportunity for a renaissance in an unusual gambit: back an obvious loser in 2004 while elevating a credible candidate for 2008.

My own take:

The Kennedy “fund raising armada” Dan Riehl mentions is certainly a significant boost for Obama, but I think the “Kennedy Mystique” is just symbolic, meaningless B.S that will have no effect whatsoever on his campaign.


Oh Good lord. And now, this:

At the top of Tuesday’s CBS “Early Show,” co-host Harry Smith described Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama yesterday in biblical terms: “In the civic religion that is Democratic politics, the most treasured covenant was passed to the young Senator from Illinois.”

Ace has more of the latest on the Obama/Kennedy Crap Fest.

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Rick Santorum “On A Tear” Against McCain

According to Ramesh Ponnuru at The Corner:

The former senator has been on a tear against McCain for weeks. Many conservatives admire Santorum and will take his views on the presidential race into account. But McCain’s positions on immigration, global warming, and the re-importation of prescription drugs are already widely known. What isn’t widely known is how McCain operates in the cloakroom. Santorum gave us a hint on the Hugh Hewitt show a while ago:

I mean, this is a guy who says he believes in these things, but I can tell you, inside the room, when we were in these meetings, there was nobody who fought harder not to have these votes before the United States Senate on some of the most important social conservative issues, whether it’s marriage or abortion or the like. He always fought against us to even bring them up, because he was uncomfortable voting for them.

Senator Santorum: What abortion legislation did McCain want to hold up? More specifics, please.

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times, McCain is embarrassed by conservatives.

So, Santorum has been rather conspicuously campaigning against McCain, as noticed, (and not appreciated) by Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

After passing along an anecdote about Santorum’s behavior on a plane, (making campaign calls on Romney’s behalf to big GOP donors, witnessed by a Democratic operative), Beth cuts loose about what a shameless hypocrite, Santorum is.

She makes note of a recent The Weekly Standard piece by Steven Hayes:

Although many others have been as critical of McCain, perhaps no one has been as hypocritical. In 2006, when Santorum was running for reelection, he asked McCain to come to Pennsylvania to campaign on his behalf. When McCain obliged, Santorum put the video on his campaign website, listing it first among “key events” of the year. That’s gratitude, Santorum-style.

That is troubling, ain’t no doubt. If Santorum had such a low opinion of McCain, he shouldn’t have used him, but he was in a desperate fight for his Senate seat, and I’m sure he figured he could pick up some moderates that way.

I don’t know if it’s possible to be in politics for any length of time and not get your hands a little dirty, at some point.

I’m not making excuses for Santorum, I’m just trying to put it in perspective. On balance, I’m much more concerned by McCain’s discomfort with cultural conservatism, and tendency to go along with liberals, than I am by Santorum’s backstabbing. Sorry, Beth. (I’d still vote for the SOB in the general).

And I believe that Santorum is being totally sincere about his misgivings with McCain.


A trusted Senate source got back to Ramesh Ponnuru on his request for “More specifics, please”.

McCain stood in the middle of the GOP cloakroom and yelled at several of his Senate colleagues because they deigned to have a vote — to have a vote — on Inhofe’s “English As the National Language” amendment to the 2006 immigration bill.  He accused conservatives of being “divisive” and “insulting” Latinos for suggesting that immigrants ought to learn this language.  He was nasty and unhinged. About 10 staffers witnessed this. He delighted in telling the conservative senators there that they were destroying the party with these efforts.  This is what Santorum is talking about.  He had antipathy for social and cultural conservatives’ efforts.

Okay, if I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand and one times.

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Man Uses Stun Gun On Toddler

I swear…I’ll never understand what could cause a person to abuse his/her own child, in this case an 18 month old. This man must be demon-possessed:

Prosecutor Reed Dinsmore said the stun gun delivered 30,000 volts during testing.

“This is a case of a father torturing his 18-month-old son,” prosecutor Reed Dinsmore said. “Why? We can’t tell.”

He said it’s not yet known whether the child will suffer long-term nerve or neurological damage.

The prosecution said the child’s mother saw marks on the boy in January 2007 and, thinking it was a rash, wanted to take him to a doctor.

But Wittman talked her out of it, Dinsmore said.

“He described to her that he used the stun gun to play peekaboo with the child,” Dinsmore said.

Someone please explain to this man that stun guns are not used in playing peekaboo. They tend to take the fun out of it.

“The mother did not report the incident, and that was a mistake on her part.”

Shame shame shame!

After a second incident in February, she took the child to her sister’s home and then to the police. Doctors at Samaritan Albany General Hospital found numerous wounds conforming to the stun gun’s electrode pattern.

“I spoke to a Department of Human Services careworker who was present, and she said the look in the child’s eyes will not easily be forgotten,” Dinsmore said.

The husband is saying that the injuries were caused by the mother, that they had had an argument earlier that day, and she had said, “You’ll be sorry as she took the boy from the home.

Well, all I know is, the Dept. of Human Services in Albany, Oregon had better figure out who’s telling the truth,  quickly. The child should be put in foster care until the truth is known.

This story makes the  Do’s And Don’ts With Baby jokes,  seem a lot less funny.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC 

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy

Rudy has a new ad out in which his non endorsements from major newspapers are presented as a badge of honor. It’s a clever ad, and positions him to the right of McCain on taxes.

Sadly, this ad appears to be too little, too late. It’s only an internet ad, according to Allahpundit, and it needs to be airing on major t.v. stations in Florida if it’s to have any effect.

Giuliani’s lagging behind McCain and Romney in Florida, and is now in a fight against Huckabee for third. The early voting results are not looking promising, either, based on polling data.

Allahpundit wonders if he’ll quit before Super Tuesday if he comes in fourth. He may as well.

I feel bad for Rudy. I think he would have been a strong candidate in the general, but his position on abortion, and his late start in the primaries have prevented him from getting any traction.

I would have had no problem voting for him in November.

Liz Cheney Joins Romney Team

Ms. Cheney, a former Fredhead, has signed onto Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign as a senior foreign policy adviser.

Liz Cheney, 41, is the elder of Dick and Lynne Cheney‘s two daughters. Her younger sister, Mary, has been more prominently in the public eye after revealing she is a lesbian and having a son last year with her partner, Heather Poe, despite the administration’s opposition to gay marriage.

Liz Cheney, the mother of five children, said in a statement: “Throughout his campaign, (Romney) has distinguished himself as a leader who can guide our country with a clear vision for overcoming the threats we face today. … I look forward to working with Governor Romney because he is the leader our country needs.”

Romney said Liz Cheney brings the campaign “years of experience helping to formulate America’s foreign policy and to advance democracy and reform in the Middle East.”

She  most recently worked at the State Department:

Liz Cheney Is A Former High-Ranking State Department Official With Years Of Experience Helping To Formulate America’s Foreign Policy. Most recently, Cheney served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. As the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, she was the second-ranking State Department official overseeing U.S. policy in the Middle East. She helped develop and oversee programs to promote democracy and reform in the Arab world. Before joining the State Department, she served at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, and as an attorney at White & Case LLP. Cheney was also a National Campaign Co-Chair for the Fred Thompson presidential campaign.

Thanks to Muslihoon

McCain Accuses Romney Of Favoring Timetable For Withdrawal From Iraq

First it was Huckabee making this dishonest point a few weeks ago…. now McCain’s doing it:

So McCain went on the attack Saturday, lashing out at Romney by accusing him of having once wanted to set a deadline for withdrawing troops from Iraq.”Now, one of my opponents wanted to set a date for withdrawal that would have meant disaster,” McCain said about Romney, at a stop in Fort Myers. Then McCain added, “If we surrender and wave a white flag, like Senator Clinton wants to do, and withdraw, as Governor Romney wanted to do, then there will be chaos, genocide, and the cost of American blood and treasure would be dramatically higher.”

When told of the comments, Romney got visibly testy. ”That’s dishonest, to say that I have a specific date. That’s simply wrong,” Romney said at a stop outside Tampa. “To say something that’s not accurate is simply wrong, and he knows better.”

Dave in Texas in the comments of my earlier thread, expressed disgust with Mitt’s lackluster reaction to a blatant falsehood:

He said you’re wrong, but didn’t say why (I said it those timetable discussions should be private and not public, for obvious reasons.That’s the refutation. Not just “you’re wrong”, and then complaining that Huck should stick to talking about his policies and let Mitt talk about his own. This is a contact sport, and he’s going to be attacked (again) on his record.

Once again, Mitt failed to explain why the charge was wrong. And McCain was emboldened:

Romney demanded an apology from McCain, which seemed to simply delight McCain, since he used it to escalate the war of words even higher. “I think the apology is owed to the young men and women serving this nation in uniform,” McCain said. Then his campaign started sending out a blizzard of emails, including comments from former CIA director James Woolsey knocking Romney’s support for the war.

This is despicable.

Here’s what Romney actually said back in April ’07:

QUESTION: Iraq. John McCain is there in Baghdad right now. You have also been very vocal in supporting the president and the troop surge. Yet, the American public has lost faith in this war. Do you believe that there should be a timetable in withdrawing the troops?

MR. ROMNEY: Well, there’s no question but that — the president and Prime Minister al-Maliki have to have a series of timetables and milestones that they speak about. But those shouldn’t be for public pronouncement. You don’t want the enemy to understand how long they have to wait in the weeds until you’re going to be gone. You want to have a series of things you want to see accomplished in terms of the strength of the Iraqi military and the Iraqi police, and the leadership of the Iraqi government.

QUESTION: So, private. You wouldn’t do it publicly? Because the president has said flat out that he will veto anything the Congress passes about a timetable for troop withdrawals. As president, would you do the same?

MR. ROMNEY: Well, of course. Can you imagine a setting where during the Second World War we said to the Germans, gee, if we haven’t reached the Rhine by this date, why, we’ll go home, or if we haven’t gotten this accomplished we’ll pull up and leave? You don’t publish that to your enemy, or they just simply lie in wait until that time. So, of course, you have to work together to create timetables and milestones, but you don’t do that with the opposition.

McCain is lying, and he deserves a stronger rebuttal than, ‘That’s dishonest, to say that I have a specific date. That’s simply wrong,’

Come on, kick his teeth in, Mitt.

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