McCain = Bush

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Interesting happenings yesterday at a public McCain rally.

Carole Kreck, a 61 year librarian was waiting in line at the Denver Center for Performing Arts to attend the John McCain town hall meeting. She held a sign that said "McCain = Bush."

McCain’s security detail told her to leave. The police were called. They issued her a ticket for trespassing and escorted her out.

The event was open to the public. They advised people to arrive a few hours early. How can you trespass on public property if you’ve been invited to the event being held on that property?

Kreck asks a poignant question at the end of the clip.  How exactly is her sign offensive to a Republican?

She’s right — one wonders if the McCain people would have asked her to leave if her sign had read "McCain = Reagan".

OTHER MCCAIN-RELATED STUFF.  I blogged about this yesterday, so here’s an interesting follow-up from Josh Marshall:

As I noted last night, one of McCain’s vague assertions was that he "would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit."

So what are the numbers behind that? We just asked the McCain campaign and the response we got was …

It’s pretty straightforward, as we win, costs will go down with a smaller footprint over time, and those savings will go to deficit reduction. It’s really the logical extension of Senator McCain’s position as articulated in the 2013 speech. Achieving success in Iraq would obviously lead to reduced expenditures on the effort.

This is what’s behind McCain’s promise. I’ll do a lot of things that will get the deficit down. One of them is the the guarantee of victories in Iraq and Afghanistan and obviously that will save a lot of money.

As I said, this is the reductio ad absurdum of the mad pass John McCain gets on everything. He’s pledging to balance the budget in four years and when asked for details he says, ‘We’ll get back to you on that.’