Thursday, October 30, 2008

McCain Now Running Robocalls Attacking Obama In Home State Of Arizona.

One of the most amazing things as we approach the election has been the confidence which John McCain continues to exude. I personally put this down to the fact that he really believes that he is an underdog who does best when he's coming from behind, even if that optimism is not shared by the rest of his campaign team as evidenced by the civil war now breaking out in it's ranks.

However, even McCain must have never thought he'd see the day when he had to run robocalls in his own state of Arizona because Obama is sniffing on his tail there. Some polls have placed Obama within two points of McCain in Arizona. So it's time to roll out the slander machine:

I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC because Barack Obama is so dangerously inexperienced, his running mate Joe Biden just said, he invites a major international crisis that he will be unprepared to handle alone.

If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America. This call was paid for by the Republican National Committee and authorized by McCain-Palin 2008.

"Give civil rights to terrorists" is an extraordinary phrase, but I presume he's referring to the fact that Obama would obey the Supreme Court ruling which ordered Bush to grant prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay habeas corpus and either try them in a civilian court or set them free. Is McCain telling us that he would not do this?

The court has ruled twice previously that Guantanamo inmates could go into civilian courts to challenge their continued detention. But each time, the Bush administration and Congress, then controlled by Republicans, changed the law to keep the detainees out of civilian courts.

Brushing aside arguments that the suspects were enemy combatants held at a time of war, the court said yesterday that the detainees had, "the constitutional privilege of habeas corpus", the right of detainees under the US constitution to have their cases heard by an independent judge or be freed. Justice Anthony Kennedy said: "The laws and constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times."

So, for all McCain speaks of change we, once again, find that he would not be in any substantive way different from the policies of Bush which the Supreme Court have already condemned.

So, like Bush, he would refuse to negotiate with any other nation until they agree in advance to everything the US wants, which was the successful strategy which brought us a nuclear North Korea and an Iran suspected to be on the brink of acquiring such weapons.

And now we find that Guantanamo Bay will be safe within a McCain administration as those "terrorists" won't be getting no civil rights no matter what the Supreme Court says. So another president who disobeys the law and governs as if his word is the law.

With those as his selling points I'm not remotely surprised that Obama is gaining on him even in Arizona.

Change? There's no change on offer here.

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