Photos – McCain rally 10/18/08

Another Joe the PlumberSorry I’m a couple of days behind on adding my photos from this past Saturday’s rally. I ended up house/catsitting for an extra day, so I was only this evening able to view, edit, upload, and caption the pix. The one to your left is of another Joe the plumber – Concord, NC version :D

They aren’t the best in the world, but that’s what I get for not arriving sooner. I actually wasn’t in a bad spot to get some arrival/departure pix, but there was so much activity going on around me, I was having to stand on my tip toes to try and take pix, and there were hands in the air with signs and cameras and thumbs up, all of which made it more difficult to perfectly frame and capture an image on film. Ah well …

McCain hits back at Biden over “tested” comments

Wasting no time, because with two weeks left there is no time to waste:

BELTON, Missouri (CNN) – John McCain is seizing on Joe Biden’s prediction that his running mate would be tested in office.

“He guaranteed that if Senator Obama is elected, Senator Biden said, we will have an international crisis to test America’s new president” McCain said at a Monday rally in Belton, Missouri Monday. “We don’t want a president who invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars.”

At a Sunday night fundraiser, Biden said that within Obama’s first months in office, “we’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy” — and that it may not be immediately “apparent” that an Obama administration’s actions were the right ones.

“Forget ‘apparent,'” said McCain Monday. “Senator Obama won’t have the right response, and we know that because we’ve seen the wrong response from him over and over during this campaign.

“He opposed the surge strategy that is bringing us victory in Iraq and will bring us victory in Afghanistan. He said he would sit down unconditionally with the world’s worst dictators” McCain said to boos from the crowd on the Heartland School and Academy football field. “When Russia invaded Georgia, Sen. Obama said the invaded country should show restraint.”

He ought to take it one step further and criticize Biden’s foreign policy blunders as well, considering that’s considered Biden’s “strength,” which is certainly debatable.

Still hoping they take me up on my campaign ad suggestion :D

Ken “Cakewalk” Adelman endorses Barack Obama

Republican Ken Adelman, one of the architects of the Iraq war who once infamously claimed that the war Iraq would be a “cakewalk” – and who is widely hated by the far left for his “neocon” creds (more on that here) – endorsed Barack Obama today. His reasons are cited here.

Oddly enough – or perhaps not – he ends his note by saying that he “hopes” Obama will not be as liberal as his record indicates he is, which is similar to what Christopher Buckley said in his endorsement of The One a few days ago. I guess HopeyChanginess is getting catchy inside the beltway, and perhaps beyond.

It’s been interesting to see the reax of the far left over the last few days to, first, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barry Oh! and now Adelman’s. Both men have been vilified and ridiculed routinely by the anti-war crowd for their part in “Bush’s war” with Iraq. Now, however, The Usual Suspects are singing a far different tune. Surprise surprise.

Wonder if, like with Powell (h/t: ST reader GWR), there was a little back-scratching going on between Adelman and Obama? I can’t think of too many other reasons why a conservative Republican would endorse Obama, outside of not wanting to be left on what some conservatives are viewing as the sinking ship of the McCain campaign. You’ve got to love these “principled” conservatives/Republicans waiting until Obama started to look like a “sure thing” in the polls before they came out and endorsed him.

Furthermore, isn’t the lecturing we’re getting from certain conservative quarters lately (like from Peggy Noonan, among others) exactly what you’d expect to find from people who’ve forgotten what life outside of the beltway mentality is actually like? 8-| That’s not to say that there aren’t valid criticisms of the McCain-Palin campaign to be made (one such example can be read here), but I find the tone that many of these people are taking with their fellow conservatives to be condescending, arrogant, and dare I say out of touch? They need to save the “talking down to” for far left liberals who deserve it, and treat their audiences like adults.

Most of us share the same conservative values, even though we may disagree on what candidates best represent them. There’s no need for the upturned noses.

Update/Related: On Barack Obama and Colin Powell

Gov. Palin’s traveling press availability better that Obama’s or Biden’s

Interesting (via Tom Maguire):

(COLORADO SPRINGS) It was less than two weeks ago when Sarah Palin astonished her traveling press corps by lifting the curtain (literally) and journeying to the back of her campaign plane to answer reporters’ questions for the first time after 40 days on the campaign trail. But the candidate who has been criticized for having a bunker mentality when it came to the national media can now lay legitimate claim to being more accessible than either Joe Biden or Barack Obama.

In the past two days alone, Palin has answered questions from her national press corps on three separate occasions. On Saturday, she held another plane availability, and on Sunday, she offered an impromptu press conference on the tarmac upon landing in Colorado Springs. A few minutes later, she answered even more questions from reporters during an off-the-record stop at a local ice cream shop.

By contrast, Biden hasn’t held a press conference in more than a month, and Obama hasn’t taken questions from his full traveling press corps since the end of September. John McCain—who spent most of the primary season holding what seemed like one, never-ending media availability—hasn’t done one since Sept. 23.

Though she often turns the “mainstream media” into a punching bag on the stump, Palin clearly enjoys interacting with reporters. She seems to relish the opportunity to demonstrate that her breadth of knowledge far exceeds what she offered to CBS News’ Katie Couric in a series of interviews that were marked by vague, often convoluted answers to straightforward questions.

After her plane in Colorado Springs, Palin answered no less than 14 questions from the media. It took traveling press secretary Tracey Schmitt three attempts finally to get the governor to move along.

After all the whining from many in the MSM about Gov. Palin’s early “unavailability” after she was chosen by John McCain to be her running mate, will we see the same number of stories about how she’s now more available now than O’Biden, and even McCain – and in fact has to be pulled away from the traveling press corps because she wants to continue to speak to them? Don’t hold your breath.

Semi-related: 11,000 attend McCain-Palin rally featuring Gov. Palin in Colorado Springs this morning, where temperatures were in the low 40s (via Jim G.).

Monday open thread

It’s a typical Monday for me – got a lot going on this morning.  Probably won’t be back til late this afternoon or early evening. 

Until then …