Sunday, May 18, 2008


This time it's the Saudi lobbyist (and LIAR) and I suspect there will be more resignations in the future. This should help reduce the halo the Press has put on McWAR's head.

Another top McCain official resigns
By 5/18/08 10:36 AM EST
The Politico

Former Rep. Thomas G. Loeffler, a Texan who is among the McCain campaign’s most important advisers and fundraisers, has resigned as a national co-chair over lobbying entanglements, a Republican source told Politico on Sunday.

It’s at least the fifth lobbying-related departure from the campaign in a week.

The officials who have left include Doug Goodyear, who was McCain’s top liaison to the Republican National Convention; Doug Davenport, regional campaign manager for mid-Atlantic states; Eric Burgeson, an energy policy adviser; and Craig Shirley, a prominent Republican consultant who was a member of McCain’s Virginia Leadership Team.

Loeffler’s departure followed a report this weekend by Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff that Loeffler’s “lobbying firm has collected nearly $15 million from Saudi Arabia since 2002 and millions more from other foreign and corporate interests, including a French aerospace firm seeking Pentagon contracts.”

Isikoff wrote: “Loeffler last month told a reporter ‘at no time have I discussed my clients with John McCain.’ But lobbying disclosure records reviewed by NEWSWEEK show that on May 17, 2006, Loeffler listed meeting McCain along with the Saudi ambassador to ‘discuss US-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia relations.’ ”


Anonymous said...

several quotes from McCain throughout the history of the Iraq War which should strengthen the vote totals of Bob Barr, Ralph Nader and Obama to boot.

Anonymous said...

Saying it Does Not Make it So
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg
So John McCain is outlining his vision for America this morning.

John McCain, looking through a crystal ball to 2013 and the end of a prospective first term, sees "spasmodic" but reduced violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden dead or captured and government spending curbed by his ready veto pen.

But saying it does not make it so. This is the same man who said that we would be "welcomed as liberators." The same man who said the war would be "fairly easy." The same man who said "There's not a history of clashes that are violent between Sunnis and Shias." The same man who one year before Iraq was hitting it's worst level of violence of the war said: "a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."

These are serious and complex problem and they require serious solutions. But instead McCain has taken a page out of George Bush's playbook - naively declaring a mission accomplished moment without actually promising any way forward.

Here are some of McCain's greatest hits.

“And I believe that the success will be fairly easy” and “There's no doubt in my mind that... we will be welcomed as liberators.” [CNN, Larry King Live, 9/24/02. MSNBC, Hardball, 3/24/03]

“I think we could go in with much smaller numbers than we had to do in the past... I don't believe it's going to be nearly the size and scope that it was in 1991.” [Face the Nation, 9/15/02]

“There's not a history of clashes that are violent between Sunnis and Shias. So I think they can probably get along.” [MSNBC Hardball, 4/23/03]

McCain was asked, “at what point will America be able to say the war was won?” He responded, “’s clear that the end is, is, is very much in sight.” [ABC, “Good Morning America,” 4/9/03]

Exactly one year before violence in Iraq peaked: “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.” [The Hill, 12/8/05]

May 15, 2008 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

Steve J. said...


I also posted some of those great quotes. McWAR shouldn't have a chance this November if most people know how consistently wrong he's been about Iraq.

Anonymous said...

if you didn't catch this, economist argues Bush/Cheney/neocon
Wars explain much of the increase in oil pricing, wrongly blamed on increased demand in China etc.

McCain is bad for gas.