Tuesday, October 10, 2006

McCain guestblogs at Captain's Quarters

John McCain guestblogs at Captain's Quarters. The Senator says "Time for Decisive Action on North Korea".

I would remind Senator Hillary Clinton and other Democrats critical of Bush Administration policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated was a failure. The Koreans received millions in energy assistance. They diverted millions in food assistance to their military. And what did they do? They secretly enriched uranium.

Apart from the content of his message, McCain's choice of medium is interesting too. Captain Ed has long had a high quality site and "broke" a number of important Canadian scandals. And there is nothing low rent about his site. Still, McCain's remarks on Captain Ed's represent a milestone of sorts. Writing on the blogs had long been seen as some version of "slumming it". But with many companies using the blogs to communicate directly with customers (the example that comes to mind are the Microsoft tech blogs) it was inevitable that it would become accepted as just another channel. Advertisers have long known this fact and used it; and it was not long before major politicians did too.


Blogger Arthur Dent said...

I'd vote Al Gore or Hillary, maybe, before McCain.

There is something wrong with McCain

10/10/2006 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

Six years of solitary confinement and torture, is one of corner stones of Mr McCain's personality and perspective.
On top of that he moved to AZ as an opportunist carpetbagger, knowing John Rhodes's House seat was his for the taking, when Mr Rhodes retired. War hero and all.

10/10/2006 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger ignacio said...

I think he's a little nuts, and wants to please the press too much, but I would take my chances with him compared to any Democrat.

Although at this point my first choice is Guiliani.

10/10/2006 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

I live in AZ, would not vote for Mr McCain, for President, under any circumstances.

A true disaster in the making, if you are a small government conservative. Mr McCain sides with the Federal Regulators, everytime, even when Federal Judges decide the Regulators are wrong.

10/10/2006 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger Habu1 said...

But his wife's a fox

10/10/2006 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger Habu1 said...

There's an old dictum in politics, that when you're explaining your losing.

Since in the very near future there's gonna be a good deal of explaining to do I think it should be the Democrats doing the explaining. Then by '08 Hillary and Mel Gibson can fight it out. Gibson was born in the US.

10/10/2006 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger Asher Abrams said...

desert rat -

You know, it was quite some years ago when I saw one of the Star Trek movies - it was the one where Picard has to face down the Borg, and he is in danger of over-reacting and needlessly destroying the Enterprise. Picard was not able to act rationally because he was re-living the trauma of his own past captivity with the Borg: a classic case study of PTSD.

I'm not rushing to see every move by McCain through the lens of his POW experience - but it does come to mind.

10/10/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger Randy said...

McCain is contemplating a run as an independent.

10/10/2006 07:33:00 PM  
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10/10/2006 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger Pyrthroes said...

The McCain-Feingold campaign finance atrocity alone forever disqualifies McCain from political advancement. Bush admitted he should have vetoed it; the Supremes should have ruled it a prima facie violation of First Amendment rights. Instead, we got a 600-page screed of absolute legalistic BS, asserting that "no law" means "anything goes" because Humpty Dumpty says so.

The Court, our federal Judicial Branch, exists to maintain and protect citizens' basic rights and liberties. For decades now, these nine personages --unelected, unaccountable, insular and parochial in the worst of all intellectual and moral worlds-- have evolved as major obstacles to exercising a free polity.

Absent common sense or even honorable intentions, these brilliant legal minds (BLMs) employ ever more abstruse chains of "mere opinion" allied with self-referential precedent to blast American values at their root.

As one example out of many (never mind Kelo), the Court's stealth usage of the Commerce Clause --declaring any activity "interstate commerce", whether in fact intrastate, non-commercial, private-- has for well-nigh seventy-five years supplied excuses for bureaucratic State regulation of absolutely anything from "reproductive rights" to freedom of association to political discourse, the unfettered expression and dissemination of partisan positions.

Whether such a Court construes statutes correctly is beside the point. It has become a super-legislature ("like God", in Nancy Pelosi's stupid phrase). We have a Tenth Amendment, stating an umbrella principle to encompass all the rest... since Chief Justice Holmes, we believe the Tenth has not been cited even once.

Whatever their private faults or virtues, these Justices are no such thing. From "Marbury" on down, near two centuries now, they have arrogated to themselves an indefensibly hubristic view of elite powers, and self-servingly over-ruled anyone who dares to question it.

Solutions to this exclude the Court as judges in their own malfeasant case. ("Malfeasant", because a Justice's Oath of Office is to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States", which an anointed Robed One then proceeds to
read at ideological discretion.) Of course, the same is true of Congress, with Members' gerrymanders, unlimited terms, corrupt and secretive special-interest dealings.

We have here a "tragedy of the commons"-- as institutions ossify, contributing less, always sequestering MORE for their own benefits, the larger public interest bleeds away. Eventually, what should be a great Heritage will become worth no-one's time or effort to support. At that point, the country of Washington and Lincoln will simply fractionate as regions go their ways, for who's to stop 'em?

We give it 'til about 2200-- four hundred years is the typical life-span of major Chinese dynasties. When America fails as an Idea, due among other influences to its radically destructive Court, will anyone care, will the Great Experiment be resurrected? Call us cynics, pessimists, but we don't think so.

10/11/2006 06:51:00 AM  
Blogger Joshua E. said...

I'm reminded of Rep. Brad Miller's (D-NC)now infamous post on the Daily Kos that he comes to that site for his "marching orders", a comment for which he has been mercilessly, and justly, raked over the coals by his Republican challenger in the current campaign for his seat.

Politicians need to be very aware of the blogs for whom they are posting. ablog is a miniverse, and a politician will be held to account for anything that has even been posted on that site, and politicians and their staffs are not known to be very internet savvy or very robust in reviewing a blog's history and credibility.

That being said, I do believe that Captain Ed has a great blog, and always kept the content at a high level of quality and propriety.

10/11/2006 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger Dave H said...

The current political moves by the Democrats, the timing the outing of Mark Foley especially, looks like they recognize the importance of seizing the House of Representatives. If McCain runs as independent it will save them the trouble of putting up a straw middle of the roader.

Their idea seems to be to throw the election into the house which would be a much more reliable thing than relying on the vagaries of an electorate which is probably capable of fielding 65,000,000 conservatives if sufficiently galvanized.

If they manage to win the election they might be unwise to impeach GWB, would get Cheyney who could make some decisions. From that view I think it looks like Hilary might not get the Democraric nomination.

10/11/2006 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger Bo Steed said...

I don't think it is a coincidence that Senator McCain started "blogging" not long after I threw my hat into the ring. Some are thrust into leadership, and others have leadership thrust upon them.

10/11/2006 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Roderick said...

Wow! That was quite a screed, Pyrthroes -- a veritable Jeremiad.

I agree with what you are saying. Our original intent as a nation has been buried under layers of bureaucratic, legalistic, and politically-motivated caca.

Well before 2200, it will be possible to establish sizable and viable space colonies. We can start fresh out there.

10/11/2006 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Db2m said...

If Carter and Clinton could have nukes, why can't McCain?

10/11/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger Sparks fly said...

McCain feels to me like he is the real "Manchurian Candidate". Do you remember that movie?

I feel like they did something to him in that prisoner of war camp. Did they Roto root his soul? Is he now given over completely to CHAOS?
Is he ready to explode at some secret signal from his captors.

Isn't he too old to run?

Have we examined his Instant Messages??? What church does he go to?

Get my drift?

Who else is out there besides Guiliani?

10/11/2006 10:44:00 PM  

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