McCain Linkage

After noticing all of the hits that the McCain 2nd Amendment post started getting, I decided it might be a good idea to take the wraps off the McCain opposition research page that we put together after SC, and post it for all interested readers.
Here you go……………………….
Why is this necessary?
Useful research sites:

from: sunlight foundation


Kathy Ramsey

McCain on Guns- Not a reliable gun advocate.…

Supporter of Amnesty for illegal immigrants:……

Supporter of anti-competitive fuel-emissions standards.…

Weak on Intelligence Gathering and Enemy Interrogations:……

Active suppressor of Free Speech for Political Action Groups.…

Member of the infamous “Gang of 14”, which impeded the President’s ability to nominate conservative justices.…

Consistently bucking his own party for matters of own self-interest:…

Flip Flops on issues just like Romney, but does not own up to them.…

  1. Will: McCain is a fine candidate — for the Democrats
  2. Mark Levin takes McCain to the woodshed, while taking a back-handed swipe at Mike.

  3. Well…at least ol’beezelbub is gone.

  4. POS Chicago lawyer gets his day in court.

  5. I’m looking for a link, if y’all see it please post it.
    A list of campaign contribution “bundlers”
    The reformer, Senator McCain, had more bundlers than anybody on the right. He’s the king of bundlers, makes sense because he wrote the rules

  6. Hmmm…did not know that.
    I’ll keep my eyeballs on it.

  7. lot to chew on over here,

  8. Here’s one.

  9. mccain on blogrunner

  10. mccain on blogsearch

  11. that’s it! thanks

  12. King of the Republican Bundlers

  13. WP is mighty slow today

  14. mccain on technorati”

  15. mccain on icerocket

  16. geo will on mccain


    Thu Dec 20 2007 10:56:57 ET

    Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz has been waging a ferocious behind the scenes battle with the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, and has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!

    McCain has personally pleaded with NY TIMES editor Bill Keller not to publish the high-impact report involving key telecom legislation before the Senate Commerce Committee, newsroom insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

    The paper’s Jim Rutenberg has been leading the investigation and is described as beyond frustrated with McCain’s aggressive and angry efforts to stop any and all publication.


    The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.

    The woman in question has retained counsel and strongly denies receiving any special treatment from McCain.

    Rutenberg, along with reporter David Kirkpatrick, has been developing the story for the last 6 weeks.

    Rutenberg had hoped to break the story before the Christmas holiday, sources reveal, but editor Keller expressed serious reservations about jounalism ethics and issuing a damaging story so close to an election.

    McCain campaign officials Rick Davis, Charlie Black and Mark Salter are also said to have met with the NEW YORK TIMES in an effort to halt publication.

  18. McCain and the KLA connection

  19. McCain/Boeing articles

  20. McCain/ Keating NYT excerpts from counsel’s statement

  21. The Keating Five

  22. McCain and the telecom lobbyist misdealings?

  23. More on the telecom lobbyist

  24. I’m not sure why McCain enjoys such a high rating in Florida polls….however, it could be explained, I suppose, by the high proportion of navy/retired navy who regard McCain as one of their own, as well as there were a great many southern Democrats turned Republican because of the wuss factor of the NE liberal Dems. McCain, in my view, is tough on terror but has the more liberal social views of a Democrat.

  25. More telecom, here
    and here

    Plus, telecom money

    Plus, John McCain, was the deciding vote AGAINST Internet freedom during a key vote this week in the Senate Commerce Committee.

    Whether or not McCain turns out to be guilty of any crime, he certainly appears guilty of the same corrupt beholdenness to K Street as any of Washington’s worst.

  26. More from McCain. If elected, “the background music would be ABBA in the elevators all over the White House.”

  27. No….NOOOOO!!!
    Not ABBA.
    There ain’t a dimes worth of difference between him and Hillary, ‘ceptin the GWOT.

  28. hmmmmmm……..”several possible candidates from these firms for the mysterious “woman lobbyist” mentioned by Drudge: Lisa Kountoupes formerly of Clark & Weinstock, now of Kountoupes Consulting; Julie Hershey Carr of Kountoupes; Kathleen M. (Kathy) Ramsey of Fritts Consulting (pictured at left); and Mary Tripp and Anne Wexler of Wexler & Walker. Of the firms and lobbyists named by Wonkette here, Fritts Consulting has been most closely associated with Cyren Call by authors such as Jeffrey Birnbaum in the Washington Post, Fritts CEO Edward O. (Eddie) Fritts the former CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), chief lobbyist Kathy Ramsey the former Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for NAB. Of the woman lobbyists named by Wonkette, port and the specific background in broadcast lobbying one would expect of a candidate for the mystery “woman lobbyist” named by Drudge. According to contribution reports publically available online, Lisa Kountoupes and Anne Wexler are both Democrats, with no significant links either to John McCain or to the telecom industry. Though Republicans, neither Julie Hershey Carr nor Mary Tripp have significant links either to John McCain or to the telecom industry. Only Kathy Ramsey has all the ingredients: A strong record of support for Republican PACs, including PACs that have contributed to John McCain campaigns, and the background in lobbying for broadcasting concerns as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for NAB necessary to “write key telecom legislation” such as that to which Drudge refers above and Wonkette elaborates here. In cases such as that cited here, NAB has long lobbied for carriers’ ownership and profitability rights over the public good and the principle of net neutrality. Beyond her work with NAB, Ramsey has also contributed to such Republican PAC’s as the New Republican Majority Fund, which in turn like NAB has been a McCain contributor. If it is, therefore, from among the candidates listed by Wonkette above that we must choose Most Likely to be John McCain’s Mysterious “Woman Lobbyist,” my vote goes to Kathy Ramsey.”

  29. Prior to joining The Fritts Group, Kathleen M. Ramsey was the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the NAB. In this role, she was responsible for the organization’s grassroots lobbying operation, corporate communications and national campaigns. Kathy previously served as the Director of Human Resources for the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms and worked for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc. where she was involved with legislative issues ranging from nutrition labeling and food safety to corporate tax.
    Kathy Ramsey

  30. I know how to take McCain off message, and it is by using his basic unhingedness and his temper.
    Remember how he reacted to the dirty campaign in SC? It doesn’t have to be much, either get down and dirty with him, or continually confront him with his past record, and his behavior.
    If someone will provoke him, in whatever manner necessary, and make him explode and expose his true character as a bully, then the voting public will turn on him, just like they did in 2000.
    Call him a liar about his now denying his jamming immigration reform down our throats. Call him a liar about his other legislative accomplishments, as well. Bring up his abandoning his wife. Point out some of the bizarre jokes he has made. Anything, but make him get off message, and out of his comfort zone. Make him mad!
    Make him spend what money he has on ad buys to refute those claims, which can’t be that much, seeing as how his campaign was almost broke at the start of fall.
    Whatever it takes for him to blow his cool and spend his money, is what must be done to expose him, and render him unelectable.

  31. drudge vs mccain

  32. the real mccain record

  33. mccain praises madeline albright

  34. blogsforfredthompson linkdump

  35. Mccain;s support not deep.
    mccain counting on short memories Link
    mccain “train wreck” Link

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Would Ronald Reagan endorse your candidacy?

Absolutely the best response of the evening, and Mike Huckabee knocked it out of the park:


huck2.jpgI think it would be incredibly presumptuous and even arrogant for me to try to suggest what Ronald Reagan would do, that he would endorse any of us against the others.

Let me just say this, I’m not going to pretend he would endorse me. I wish he would. I would love that, but I endorse him, and I’m going to tell you why.

It wasn’t just his specific policies, but Ronald Reagan was something more than just a policy wonk. He was a man who loved this country, and he inspired this country to believe in itself again.

What made Ronald Reagan a great president was not just the intricacies of his policies, though they were good policies. It was that he loved America and saw it as a good nation and a great nation because of the greatness of its people.

And if we can recapture that, that’s when we recapture the Reagan spirit. It’s that spirit that has a can-do attitude about America’s futures and that makes us love our country whether we’re Democrats or Republicans. And that’s what I believe Ronald Reagan did — he brought this country back together and made us believe in ourselves.

And whether he believes in us, I hope we still believe in those things which made him a great leader and a great American.

Huckabee could go a long way towards rebuilding the Reagan coalition by offering the VP slot to Mitt Romney. It could work.

Reagan Library GOP Debate

Not a bad showing for the four candidates. Well, three. I like Ron Paul, he seems like a nice old man, and pretty smart. But his foreign policy creds are scary, and he is not a serious candidate.

The questions were weighted heavily toward Romney and McCain. At least 4 to 1, I haven’t counted, but it sure seemed that way. Plus, there was someone who would interrupt Huckabee on his few responses. I don’t know if it was Anderson Cooper, or someone else close to a microphone, but it was clearly an attempt to cut him off, when CNN had begun the night saying they would allow each candidate to give full answers without a clock.

The final question of the night, “Would Ronald Reagan endorse your candidacy?”

Huck hit it out of the park. Hopefully it will be up on youtube soon. I’ll post it when available.

Update:  CNN has posted the transcript
AP has more

Huckabee–the big winner

All in all: Huckabee gained ground, McCain probably lost ground, and Romney didn’t help or hurt himself – although he did effectively defend himself. McCain sounded petty – and that’s not the McCain voters know and like.

But to the extent that Huckabee may have made any gains from his performance, Romney’s got bigger worries out of tonight than the Arizona senator. – CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Edwards, Guiliani out

John Edwards, and Rudy Guiliani
are both expected to drop out of the Presidential race today.

Huck is probably not far behind.

Tuesday nite cool thread

Florida Primary.  Good news, bad news.  It looks like a McCain night.

It also looks like it’s time for Huck to drop out.  Maybe Rudy too.  Then, it’s McCain v Romney.

Hold the nose and vote for the nominee time.

Enough politics.

This is the Tuesday Night Cool Thread.  Presenting a brand new cool site that I’ve stumbled upon…called,

I Love Music Video.

Just type in the artist that you’re searching for, and voila!

So, naturally, I typed in Stevie Ray Vaughan.

End of Romney campaign?

In last week’s debate in Florida, Gov. Romney responded to the flip-flop accusations with the words: “I can point to a very simple way to find out exactly where I stand, and that is look at my record as governor.”


As governor, Mitt Romney issued an executive order forcing justices of the peace to perform homosexual weddings, or resign. Then he ordered marriage licenses changed to read “party A” and “party B” – instead of “husband” and “wife.”

As governor, Romney appointed a board member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association to the bench, and appointed more Democrat judges than Republicans.

As governor, Romney authored and signed a mandatory heath insurance plan backed by Ted Kennedy – including taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

As governor, Romney overruled his own health department and forced Catholic hospitals to distribute the morning after abortion pill.

Homosexual marriage?

Tax-funded abortions?

Catholic hospital morning after pills?

Homosexual activist judges?

“Look at my record as governor.”



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VA Links Poor Care to 19 Deaths in Illinois

from AP…

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Substandard care at a southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital may have contributed to 19 deaths over the past two years, a VA official said Monday as he apologized to affected families and pledged reform.

The hospital in Marion, Ill., initially drew scrutiny over deaths connected to a single surgeon, but two federal reports found fault with five other doctors.

The hospital undertook many surgeries that its staffing or lack of proper surgical expertise made it ill-equipped to handle, and hospital administrators were too slow to respond once problems surfaced, said Dr. Michael Kussman, U.S. veterans affairs undersecretary for health.

“I can’t tell you how angry we all are and how frustrated we all are. Nothing angers me more than when we don’t do the right thing,” Kussman told reporters during a conference call after releasing findings of the VA’s investigation and summarizing a separate inspector general’s probe.

Still, Kussman insisted, “what happened in Marion is an exception to what otherwise is a truly quality health-care system” across the VA.

The VA will help affected families file administrative claims under the VA’s disability compensation program, he said. Families also could sue.

The VA investigation found that at least nine deaths between October 2006 and March last year were “directly attributable” to substandard care at the Marion hospital, which serves veterans from southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky.

Kussman declined to identify those cases by patient or doctor, though Rep. Jerry Costello, an Illinois Democrat, said those nine deaths were linked to two surgeons he did not name.

Of an additional 34 cases the VA investigated, 10 patients who died received questionable care that complicated their health, Kussman said. Investigators could not determine whether the care actually caused the deaths.

Inpatient surgeries have not been performed at the facility since problems first became public last August. They will remain suspended indefinitely, Kussman said.

In pledging reforms, Kussman said the VA has launched an administrative investigatory board to review care problems and matters raised by employee groups.

The VA last September also installed interim administrators to replace the Marion VA’s director, chief of staff, chief of surgery and an anesthesiologist, moving them to other positions or placing them on leave, Kussman said. The anesthesiologist has since quit, Kussman said.

“The previous leadership will not return” to their former jobs, he said.

The VA’s investigation cited by Kussman covered a two-year span, the VA said.

The inspector general’s office blamed three deaths on substandard care at the Marion site, but that review covered only the past fiscal year, which ended in October, the VA said. That report was not immediately available Monday.

Telephone calls on Monday seeking comment from the Marion VA were directed to spokespeople with the agency’s Washington headquarters.

Neither Kussman nor the VA investigation’s 41 pages of findings named surgeons involved in the deaths, though Kussman acknowledged that much of the criticism has focused on Dr. Jose Veizaga-Mendez.

Veizaga-Mendez – identified in Monday’s report as “Surgeon A” – resigned from the hospital Aug. 13, three days after a patient from Kentucky bled to death after gallbladder surgery. All inpatient surgeries stopped a short time later.

Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, has said Veizaga-Mendez is linked to 10 patients’ deaths at the Marion facility, about 120 miles southeast of St. Louis. Kussman declined to discuss that claim Monday, saying he didn’t want to influence additional internal investigations of six of the site’s surgeons he said had “at least one episode of substandard care.”

Veizaga-Mendez and another surgeon no longer practice at the Marion VA. The remaining four surgeons remain on staff but are “only doing minor cases at this time,” Kussman said.

“We don’t think the physicians killed the patients,” he said. “We think the physicians were trying to care for the patients and did so in an inadequate way.”

Veizaga-Mendez’s whereabouts are unclear. He has has no listed telephone number and has been unreachable for comment.

The Marion VA hired Veizaga-Mendez in January 2006 after he practiced in Massachusetts, where he was under investigation for substandard care in 2004 and 2005. The claims include allegations that he botched seven cases, two ending in deaths.

Veizaga-Mendez was permanently barred from practicing medicine in Massachusetts last November – a disciplinary move that also requires him to resign other state medical licenses he may hold and withdraw pending license applications. He has also made payouts in two Massachusetts malpractice lawsuits.


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