11 May 2008


When McCain's campaign started to take off, honest John evidently hurriedly looked under every rock for the slimiest characters he could find to run things for him. This, along with his pander-to-Joe-five-pack gas tax-cut plan, shows us something about how he'd run the country if elected.

After John McCain nailed down the Republican nomination in March, his campaign began wrestling with a sensitive personnel issue: who would manage this summer's GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.? The campaign recently tapped Doug Goodyear for the job, a veteran operative and Arizonan who was chosen for his "management experience and expertise," according to McCain press secretary Jill Hazelbaker. But some allies worry that Goodyear's selection could fuel perceptions that McCain--who has portrayed himself as a crusader against special interests--is surrounded by lobbyists. Goodyear is CEO of DCI Group, a consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients.

Potentially more problematic: the firm was paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent Burma's military junta, which had been strongly condemned by the State Department for its human-rights record and remains in power today. Justice Department lobbying records show DCI pushed to "begin a dialogue of political reconciliation" with the regime. It also led a PR campaign to burnish the junta's image, drafting releases praising Burma's efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing "falsehoods" by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses. "It was our only foreign representation, it was for a short tenure, and it was six years ago," Goodyear told NEWSWEEK, adding the junta's record in the current cyclone crisis is "reprehensible."

Hmmm. I wonder if honest John's plan to encourage more gasoline consumption has something to do with his budy Doug. Does this sound familiar? The Republican need to give their party a more accurate moniker--the Oilicrats perhaps? (Or is there a way to morph plutocrat and oil into one word?)


BadTux said...

The only thing that could make Johnny Mac a better candidate for the Republicans would be if Johnny Mac were found boffing a live boy or a dead girl sometime between now and November.

Sadly, even then Johnny MacInsane would have a 50-50 chance of becoming President, thanks to voting machine chicanery and the fact that, well, 50% of Americans are below average (duh!) and "average" ain't so smart nowdays.

- Badtux the Pessimistic Penguin

CyberKitten said...

Karlo asked: Or is there a way to morph plutocrat and oil into one word?

Wouldn't that be: Ploilocrat or maybe Poilocrat... [laughs]

Karlo said...

Of the hundreds of people I know, I can only think of one or two people who might vote for McCain. Where do all these McClone enthusiasts live?

Martin Langeland said...

Simple. Direct. Honest. (In a piratical guideline sort of way.)
Karlo: Many of the nation's finest graveyards will be turned up to vote for that young squirt the rethugs are running. It's what ectoplasm is for.