An Embarrassing Endorsement for John McCain

In the previous post I noted that John McCain has far more extremist associations in his past than Barack Obama does. The difference is that the McCain campaign has been practicing McCarthyism while Obama has avoided this line of attack. There was an endorsement for McCain today which is so extreme and so potentially damaging to McCain that the Obama campaign has been spreading it around. The endorsement by Dick Cheney can be seen in this video:


Obama also commented on this endorsement while campaigning in Colorado:

President Bush is sitting out the last few days before the election. But earlier today, Dick Cheney came out of his undisclosed location and hit the campaign trail. He said that he is, and I quote, “delighted to support John McCain.”

I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney’s support.

But here’s my question for you, Colorado: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?

Colorado, we know better. After all, it was just a few days ago that Senator McCain said that he and President Bush share a “common philosophy.” And we know that when it comes to foreign policy, John McCain and Dick Cheney share a common philosophy that thinks that empty bluster from Washington will fix all of our problems, and a war without end in Iraq is the way to defeat Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda terrorists who are in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

So George Bush may be in an undisclosed location, but Dick Cheney’s out there on the campaign trail because he’d be delighted to pass the baton to John McCain. He knows that with John McCain you get a twofer: George Bush’s economic policy and Dick Cheney’s foreign policy – but that’s a risk we cannot afford to take.

Saturday Night Live recently satirized the effects of George Bush endorsing Cheney in a video posted here. I wonder if they will revisit this issue with Cheney’s endorsement when McCain appears on the show tonight.

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    barnyard says:

    Just saw that Obama-supporter Lorne Michaels was forced by his bosses at General Electric to invite John McCain onto SNL.  McCain advisor Martin Eisenstadt leaked that GE – which gives over $1.2million to Republican candidates (including convicted Sen. Ted Stevens and lightning rod Michele Bachman) – pressured Michaels to invite McCain onto the show.  Sounds like a real-life version of something Alec Baldwin might do to Tina Fey on “30 Rock!”  Here’s the link: – I see that even a conservative like Eisenstadt linked to you!

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Seth Meyers was on Fresh Air on Wednesday and said that both candidates had an open invitation to come on the show.

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