Monday, September 15, 2008

McCain in Aspen

Much is being made about all these commercials back and forth or Sarah Palin's 4H membership but what about the issues? This is a long video from August 15, 2007, touching on many points, including his understanding of the internet:
Hundreds of millions can now get on the internet and hear the latest message from Osama Bin Laden or Zawahiri or one of the radical extremists, they can they can go online and see the picture of an American Humvee being blown up by an IED. We are not doing what we should in cyber space. And I am glad that we have got people in this room who are engaged in making cyber space a far more available and accessible to all people.
As to the economy, remember the sailor?
"Congress spends money like a drunken sailor, only I've never known a sailor drunk or sober with the imagination of members of Congress" and that's a pretty cute line and it goes over pretty good. I find it mostly at Republican Women's Club meetings. But the fact is about three months ago, I am not making this up, about three months ago, I got an email from a guy that said, "As a former drunken sailor I resent being compared to members of Congress.
His position on immigration, ANWR and climate change were just as wrong then as now but notice how prescient he was in 2007, especially around 00:55 when he talks about Russia and plugs Georgia. It's certainly obvious from watching this as to why Barack Obama wants nothing to do with a joint town hall meeting.

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