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Winners and Losers: McCain, $528,000, ‘Drill, baby, drill’


Compiled by Chris Graham
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LOSER: McCain campaign loses a friend in John Lewis

I was sitting in the press box at Scott Stadium on Saturday at halftime of the UVa.-ECU football game when I saw something in my e-mail in-box from the John McCain campaign that caught my attention.

“Congressman John Lewis’ comments represent a character attack against Governor Sarah Palin and me that is shocking and beyond the pale,” began the statement attributed to McCain, which went on to throw fire at Lewis, who just a couple of months ago was one of the three “wise people” that McCain would listen to in a time of crisis, for comments from the Georgia Democrat and ’60s civil-rights icon that accused the McCain-Palin campaign of “sowing the seeds of hatred and division” with its repeated Barack Obama smears.

I learned this after a quick Google search to see what it had been that Lewis had said about McCain that could earn this kind of rebuke. And then thought … yeah, and so what did he say that was so wrong again?

You say a guy is “different,” you have your warmup acts at rallies refer to him by his middle name, you play up a tenuous connection with a ’60s radical to the point where your supporters say in McCain-Palin town halls that they’re scared to bring their kids up in an Obama-Biden America, and boo you when you chide them on that point, and you still want to say you’re not “sowing the seeds of hatred and division”?

This is shameful, folks, and beneath the dignity of John McCain and the presidency of the United States of America.


LOSER: The train of thought in this line item on tonight’s Waynesboro City Council meeting agenda

Maybe you can figure it out.

“Consider setting a Public Hearing for Monday, October 27, 2008 to hear comments on amending the Fiscal Year 2009 General Fund Budget in an aggregate amount of $528,000.00, and to amend the terms of the annual Appropriation Ordinance 2008-50 to allow intra-fund budget adjustments thereby reducing General Fund Expenditures in the amount of $528,000 and reducing General Fund Revenues in the amount of $528,000.”

On second glance, it seems pretty cut and dried to me. Something about $528,000.


LOSER: “Drill, baby, drill”

Remember the Republican National Convention, set against the backdrop of Hurricane Gustav and the expected spike in gas prices that would result from another massive storm shutting down oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico? And how Republicans were quick to pounce with a week of “Drill, baby, drill” for the TV cameras?

With gas prices back in the not-quite-as-exploitative range these days, “Drill, baby, drill” seems to have lost its resonance, as is indicated in a recent Gallup survey that has the number of Americans citing high gas prices as the most important problem facing their families dropping from 29 percent in July to 12 percent in October.

Which wouldn’t be so bad if certain candidates weren’t still stumping for votes on “Drill, baby, drill.”



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