John McCain – son of Ulster

Have you ever wondered how Senator John McCain acquired all that steel in his character? No, it wasn’t due to those Vietnamese torturers. it was in his blood, stupid – OUR blood, planters! (Actually, I’m of mixed heritage and insufferably enjoy the best of both universes). But enough of me and back to the (US) Republican standard bearer. The Ulster – or as they call it there – the Scots Irish ancestry of McCain is amazingly offered as a part explanation of his character in the current edition of the intellectual magazine Prospect. In a piece entitled “Fighting John McCain” the normally cosmopolitan writer Anatol Lieven dares to attribute McCain’s belligerence to his Scots -Irish roots!

Here are a couple of delicious quotes:

In the words of a biographer of McCain’s personal hero, Scots-Irish president Andrew Jackson: “It appears to be more difficult for a North-of-Irelander… to allow an honest difference of opinion in an opponent, so that he is apt to regard the terms opponent and enemy as synonymous.” Similar things have often been said about McCain.

Of course, it would be wrong to see the Scots-Irish of today as forming some tight community with uniform cultural traits. As their culture has spread to influence much of white culture in the US heartland, so it has weakened. Though both McCain and Webb stress their faith, neither espouses the fundamentalist religion at the core of the Scots-Irish tradition.

Nonetheless, there is enough of the Scots-Irishman in McCain to make me nervous about how he would behave as president.

Would Lieven create a similar stereotype for an African -American – even a part-African American? Like Barack Obama?

Maybe that’s being too sensitive. At least John Laird will welcome the recognition.

How firmly based is this ancestry? The usual mixture of the vague and the specific I fear, according to Ulster Heritage Magazine.
Extract:
“The short answer is his people are indeed from Ulster, from County Antrim, Ireland. They left from Coleraine town circa 1719 and appear on the border of the Pennsylvania and Maryland Colony in the early 1720s. His immigrant ancestor was named Alexander McKean and yes, the two lads who run the Ulster Heritage DNA Project are from the same McCain family.”

Maybe we’ll see McCain running a US style Town Hall meeting in the Diamond in a year or two.. Wouldn’t it be great to welcome home another Son of Ulster marching towards….???

  • David

    “Nonetheless, there is enough of the Scots-Irishman in McCain to make me nervous about how he would behave as president.”

    The statement above is a bit disturbing. Imagine if someone said:

    “Nonetheless, there is enough of the African in Obama to make me nervous about how he would behave as president.”

    instead.

  • Little Eva

    David, I agree.
    How would Brian feel about someone saying, “Nonetheless there is enough of the “mixed heritage” in Brian to make me nervous”.
    “Mixed heritage” means nothing in terms of even-handedness. Gerry Adams, Danny Morrison et al, bear testament to that.

    And as for this little all-knowing gem: “Of course, it would be wrong to see the Scots-Irish of today as forming some tight community with uniform cultural traits.”

    Obviously didn’t read the feature in the Sunday Times magazine of the other week (was it last week?) about the Appalachians and this very subject.

  • Big Maggie

    Me, I’d be a bit more concerned about the significance of that boxer’s gum shield—the one he forgot to remove for the photo. Talk about confusing opponents with enemies….

  • Occassional Commentor

    Little Eva: Would you have a link to that Sunday Times article?

    One thing that I’ve noticed about the U.S., the Main St USA typical parade, 4th of July, Founders Day, State or county fair, High School Homecoming Day, etc., all seem so similiar to NI Marching Season parades, except of course that they aren’t sectarian.

    Even the NYC St Patrick’s Day parade looks like an Orange parade, down to secret organizations, and hooligans and their sluts getting puke drunk and fornicating in alley ways. No Kick-The-Pope-Band equivalents, though. But it does feature police and firefighting units. I believe that businesses and schools hated it during the week (it was disruptive in so many ways), so it has been arbitrarily been moved to the weekend.

    In the book, “Westering Man: The Life of Joseph Walker”, the cultural background of Walker (b 1798 d. 1876), from a Scots Border family planted in Ulster, and then onto the American Colonial frontier is entitled, “The Disposable People.”

    It is a shame that NI Unionists don’t realize their own Cumbric or Gaelic origins in many cases.

  • Parsnip Man

    Yeah we should really be proud of McCain – perhaps he will learn how to pronounce Abkhazia, or work out that Iraq doesnt border Afghanistan.

    Mind you compared to the present bozo hes a friggin genius.

  • An Lochlannach

    Some handlin’, y’on! Ah wander can he spayke Ulster-Scots?

  • wild turkey

    Fact:

    To date 17 of America’s 43 presidents, including class acts like Richard Nixon, are of Scots-Irish extraction. Some of these people have raised shitting in your own nest to an art form.

    … and in 2008 we (both the USA and the planet) needs another one?

    Gonna crack me a Pabst and get back to the box set of the Dukes of Hazard.

  • Greenflag

    Fact ,

    ‘including class acts like Richard Nixon, are of Scots-Irish extraction.

    Nixon’s middle name Millhouse was his mother’s name and her people had Quaker roots in Ireland going back to Prosperous , Co Kildare IIRC. Christy Moore would be appalled at the connection 🙂

    And some more reasons for not voting for John McCain ?

    A most interesting connection has now been noticed between McCain and an Irish family with links to the Battle of the Boyne, the Coddingtons. William Addams Reitwiesner first publicised the fact that one of McCain’s five times great grandfathers was Dixie Coddington, born Holmpatrick, Skerries, Co Dublin, in 1693, married Hannah Waller and died in Queen Street, Dublin, in 1776 (http://www.wargs.com/political/mccain.html). Dixie’s father, and McCain’s six times great grandfather, was Captain Dixie Coddington, who served with King William at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Captain Dixie’s eldest son and Dixie junior’s brother was John Coddington, who acquired the Oldbridge estate in County Meath from the Earl of Drogheda in 1729. This branch of the Coddingtons remained at Oldbridge until the 1970s and finally sold off the estate in the 1980s. Oldbridge encompasses the historic site of the Battle of the Boyne and has been acquired by the state for use as a heritage site, the Coddington’s former house being opened as a Visitor Centre on 4 May 2008 by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley. We will have to wait and see whether Obama or McCain wins the presidential prize and if their future visits to Ireland include a trip to the areas where their Irish ancestors resided, and in McCain’s case, fought in a major European battle.

    Digging up ancestors in Ireland can be fraught with hazards . I’m sure the above Coddington connection may provoke some favourable comments among American voters .

    On the other hand the Coddington connection may not extend to this ‘other ‘ branch of the family .

    Gardaí investigating the murder of drug dealer Roy Coddington in Co Meath on Thursday believe he was shot dead in a professional attack carried out by local men known to him.Mr Coddington (36), a father of three, Treadagh View, Drogheda, had been heavily involved in the drugs trade in Louth and Meath for over 10 years. .

    Ancestors like potatoes might be best left undisturbed 🙂

  • Houston’s is a decent bar/restaurant at 54th and 3rd: I am assured that, come Friday evening, it is one of the most up-market singles pick-up joints in NYC. Immediately above is a Barnes and Noble bookstore: presumably useful if your luck’s out. Last month, indulgence — in the brews, in the brews — at the former led me to expense at the latter.

    One of my discounted purchases was (now Senator) Jim Webb’s Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. I believe it has previously been featured here on a Slugger thread.

    It’s not a “great” book by any stretch of the imagination. Webb makes a fair fist (d’oh!) of his title. It’s not particularly accurate on its historical detail. My first teeth-grinding came when he assumed (page 21) that Roy Williamson’s Flower of Scotland is “a Scottish traditional song”, all the way from 1967, and he makes “proud Edward” the father not the son.

    That said, it’s worth the romp. More than that, it is an important book in American politics. If Obama stumbles, Webb must be a leading candidate for 2012. When he ruled himself out of the Veep slot, it made him a good bet for a seat in Obama’s cabinet. That’s a double-whammy no-brainer, by any terms.

    It was suggested by several commentators, that Webb’s book was a significant contribution to understanding Bush’s result in 2004. The Republican heartlands have strong emphases on family, morality, religion, patriotism, and the life and works of Johnny Cash. Or, as Webb put it (page 9):

    The Scots-Irish (sometimes called the Scotch-Irish) are all around you, even though you probably don’t know it. They are a force that shapes our culture, more in the abstract power of emotion than through the argumentative force of law. In their insistent individualism, they are not likely to put an ethnic label on themselves when they debate societal issues. Some of them don’t even know their ethnic label, and some who do don’t particularly care. They don’t go for group-identity politics any more than they like to join a union. Two hundred years ago the mountains built a fierce and uncomplaining self-reliance into an already hardened people. To them, joining a group and putting themselves at the mercy of someone else’s collective judgment makes as much sense as letting the government take their guns. And nobody is going to get their guns.

    That’s McCain’s starting- and finishing-points. If he loses that constituency, it’s a walk-over for the Democrats.

    McCain is going to nail down his home state of Arizona (which has gone to the winner every Presidential election since Eisenhower in 1952). His present 16% lead should be unassailable; but it is a personal vote, and he may not have the coat-tails to save some of his local Republican colleagues.

    Any anal-retentive poll-watcher (ahem!), who hasn’t found it yet, should try Pollster.com.

  • Big Maggie

    Greenflag

    “Ancestors like potatoes might be best left undisturbed :)”

    That didn’t stop his relatives going into the french fries business. “McCain’s—It’s all good.”

  • Harry Flashman

    Indeed it was I Malcolm who mentioned Webb’s book before. I agree it’s not a work of great literary genius and the chip on his shoulder against the “English” (ie East Coast elites) is a bit overdone, it is nonetheless a fascinating and very convincing explanation of what, and who, made the current United States what it is today. Webb has no chance of a run for president, he has a bit of baggage (racism and anti-semitism) that wouldn’t be long in being unearthed.

    I have also previously pointed out that the blue collar, white vote (read ‘Scotch-Irish’ if you follow Webb’s thesis) is what will win the US presidential election, it always has done. People (usually over-enthusiastic Europeans) who assume Obama is going to be a shoo in for the presidency this year merely display their woeful ignorance, or perhaps wishful thinking, about US politics and society.

  • Greenflag

    Big maggie,

    I’m sure they are 🙂 Thing is I never vote for potatoes I just like to eat them – roasted preferably but also ‘new’ . The most I’ve downed 32 at one sitting 🙂 of the ‘new’ thin skinned off white variety -drowned in parsley butter is about as close to ‘heaven’ as it’s possible to get 🙂

    From another perspective it did verge close to gluttony 🙁

  • Greenflag

    HF ,

    the chip on his shoulder against the “English” (ie East Coast elites) is a bit overdone,

    Maybe a bit but it’s still there . Rather than simply ‘English’ it’s also based on a 150 year turning away from the ‘mainstream ‘ Protestant denominations such as Episcopals , Methodists and Presbyterians. It’s also anti intellectual. The reliance on personal salvation by Jesus Christ as well as the tendency to blame the ills of society solely on each individual rather than on surrounding economic, political and social circumstances is what has kept the Scotch Irish way down the table in terms of ‘income ‘ per head and educational standards . It probably goes too far to say that the reason states like Kentucky and West Virginia are among the poorest in the Union is because of the high numbers of those of ‘scotch irish ‘ ancestry but it has to be a factor. Corporate america has a long track record of dealing with the ‘disorganised ‘ and ‘individualised’ in ways which do not add to increases in the latters personal incomes .

    There is a strong ‘cultural ‘ divide between Yankeeland (the North ) and the South which was based in the past primarily on the relative poverty of the latter as against the ‘industrial ‘ and more populated North . Over the past 25 years there has been a ‘Southern economic revival ‘ and together with the growth of the Southern Baptist ‘religious’ movement.

    This election 2008 even more so than the last one is going to be between the heavily church going and theocratic leaning Republicans and the more secular Democrats.

    What’s intersestin is that McCain appears less of a religious sleeve wearer than Obama and the latter’s recent ‘faith’ declarations are probably an attempt to repeat what Bill Clinton did in 1992 among SBC (Southern Baptist Voters) in the South .

    Clinton would probably have lost the 1992 election had it not been for the intervention of Ross Perot who IIRC took 7 or 17 million votes away from mainly the Republican Party .

    The ‘blue collar ‘ white vote (Hilary Clinton’s base) will be a major factor this time out but so too will the Hispanic vote .

    Overall the ‘economy’ rather than ‘religion’ will determine the result in this election . As I write the oil majors are rushing to reduce the price of oil before the election to try to avoid Obama’s proposed tax on ‘windfall ‘ profits 🙂

    McCain -imo -can only win this election if Obama does something stupid or so off the wall that he hands the election to McCain.

    There are also unknown outside factors which could play a decisive role in a tight election . The Russian invasion of Georgia has been a ‘boon’ to McCain’s more hard nosed view of international politics. Obama vacationing in Hawaii while Rome ‘Gori burnt will no doubt give the cartoonists plenty of material .

    Overall though it’s still looking like Obama being the victor – mainly due to the ‘economy’ and the ‘war’ . And although many Americans will admire and respect John McCain for speaking up more so than even Bush re Georgia most Americans are not going to risk war with Russia over South Ossetia or Georgia . The ‘bellicose’ McCain could be seen as just the right kind of President to ‘spark’ another war .

    As Americans sit back and contemplate the ‘fruits ‘ of the Iraqi War they may feel disinclined for any more attempts by their Government to reduce the world price of oil by increasing it 700% 🙁

  • Greenflag

    PS – A good read on the influence of the ‘religious ‘ born agains in American politics is ‘American Theocracy’ by Kevin Phillips . He also includes the ‘Scotch Irish’ historical experience both in Ireland and the USA and ties this group in with other similar self ‘chosen ‘ people of God and their influence in both Europe and the USA and further afield.

    Phillips is also a more ‘numerical’ and factual approach than Webbs .

  • As so often, second thoughts are better thoughts. Prompted by Greenflag @ 08:45 PM, I’ve just reviewed what his source describes as a “first draft” of McCain’s genealogy.

    I’d go beyond what Greenflag nicely explains. This genealogy does not show any great proportion of Ulster stock. The only Ulster representation, that I immediately see in the eleven generations shown here, are his great-great-great-great grandparents, Captain John Young (1737-1824) and Mary White (1745-1779) of Ballymore, County Antrim.

    The McCain name seems to descend directly from a Joseph McCain, born in Scotland in 1773, marrying a Polly Scales of Rockingham County, North Carolina, in 1807. Joseph would seem to have emigrated in infancy, with his parents, Hugh and Agnes. Nor does this genealogy does show an obvious candidate for the Alexander McKean of Coleraine, claimed in Brian Walker‘s headline piece, via the Ulster Heritage DNA Project.

    If anything, as Greenflag suggests, the McCain connection seems stronger with Dublin (through the likes of the Coddingtons) than with Ulster.

  • Brian Walker

    A staggeringly erudite thread on genealogy and religious influences, commenters. I’ve learned much and congratulate you.

  • Greenflag

    Brian W,

    I was going to compare the anti intellectual strain prevalent among the ‘born agains ‘ of the Scotch Irish and some latter day Unionists in NI with the anti intellectual strain prevalent in the early days of the Free State and earlier Irish history but we digress yet again 😉

    For what it’s worth I’ve revised my prediction of a landslide victory to Obama to a narrower one.
    No doubt as we get closer to election day the ‘good manners’ so far displayed by both candidates will inevitably descend to a last gasp ‘dirty tricks ‘ trade off .

    So it’s now Offaly/Dublin versus Dublin /Ulster Scots for the US Presidency 🙂

    So we Dubs win either way 🙂

  • Nathan

    Oh is his family originally from Ulster, good for him

  • Dewi

    “GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS”

    …….Griffith Jones….. the plot thickens…..

  • Barry McCain was in my home in 2000.

    What about Obama’s McCurry roots? Ulster?

  • Harry Flashman

    @Greenflag

    “For what it’s worth I’ve revised my prediction of a landslide victory to Obama to a narrower one.”

    Haha GF! I hate to tell you I told you so, but hey, I did tell you so. Hubris, hubris I warned you, you get so taken in by all that anti-American propaganda you read that you can’t look at something objectively.

    I nailed my colours to the mast way back in February, I put my money and my reputation for what it’s worth here on the line. I said back then that only Hillary could beat McCain, I said categorically that Iraq would not be an issue, I laid myself open to all sorts of ridicule while as late as last month you were confidently predicting that the election was over, Obama had it in the bag.

    I’m telling you now, Obama will not be president of the United States, stop reading all that left wing drivel you immerse yourself in, start looking at the real world. Obama is an empty suit, a nobody, he hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of being elected president in these dangerous days. This ain’t 1992, we’re in seriously uncharted waters, it’s the election for president of the United States, not Pop Idol.

    The Democrats have one last chance; the Convention in Denver, they should get down on their knees and say sorry to the rightfull candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton – put her on the ballot and McCain is toast.

  • 6countyprod

    Wow, Harry, good post! Hilary may or may not have beaten McCain, but she certainly would make a far better president than Mr Zero.

  • Dewi

    Harry – I’m still confident of an easy Obama win. It’s the economy – but we’ll see.

  • Greenflag

    HF ,

    ‘I nailed my colours to the mast way back in February,’

    Then prepare to be ‘crucified’ come November :).

    ‘I put my money and my reputation for what it’s worth here on the line.”

    Very rash and premature . I preferred Clinton to Obama as candidate because I believe/believed she had a better chance in the the ‘battleground ‘ states of Ohio , Pennsylvania ,and Florida which together command almost 70 Electoral college votes .

    The reason I modified my prediction is the drop in the oil price plus Russian misbehaviour plus a natural ‘fading ‘ of the Obama ‘celebrity’ factor . But I expect he’ll still win out come November . And it will be the ‘economy’ not national security that will win the election .

    So we’ll just have to wait and see 🙂

    If you have the nails I can supply the crucifix and hammer come November . Top of Cave Hill ok for you :)? I believe there’s a nice view from the top.

    ‘he hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of being elected president in these dangerous days.’

    With another million foreclosures on the way and this time around from PRIME not subprime mortgages most Americans are unconcerned about ‘national security’. Long gone are the days of yellow , orange , red alert status updates . Most Americans have never heard of Ossettia and quite a few may be perturbed about the Russians being in Georgia I mean that’s next to Florida right 🙁

    Don’t worry about the future upcoming ‘blot’ on your political forecasting abilities . Your ‘reputation’ will recover in time for Gordon Brown’s come from behind snatching of victory from defeat in the next general election 🙂
    But I would’nt put money on it .

  • Greenflag

    Dewi ,

    .great great great ….Griffith Jones….. the plot thickens…..

    LOL , Thats very good Dewi :). Better the plot than the space between the present incumbent’s ears 🙁

  • Harry Flashman

    No problem GF, if I am wrong you can call the forfeit, nailing me to a cross on the Cave Hill might be a bit impractical but within reason I’m prepared to go along, but what will you do if you’re wrong (latest polls today say 44% neck and neck between the handsome young rock star dude and the cranky oul’ git, how do you think that will hold up come the dark nights of November?)?

    But you will at least agree with me that the Democrats went collectively insane when they chose Mr Nobody over Hillary? It’s not lost yet you know, they can throw it open to the floor at the convention.

    Otherwise it’s Hail to the Chief Mr President McCain, Sir.

  • 6countyprod

    Just read the Brian’s link on McCain.

    Very interesting, but the cover story is far better! 🙂

  • Wilde Rover

    Big Maggie,

    “Me, I’d be a bit more concerned about the significance of that boxer’s gum shield—the one he forgot to remove for the photo. Talk about confusing opponents with enemies….”

    Yes, that is a concern, but maybe that’s because it may be evidence of the spread of cancer.

    While the expression “the candidate is withdrawing for health reasons” ranks up there with “the candidate is withdrawing for personal reasons” when it comes to wry-smile inducing excuses, the possibility that this Republican candidate may not live long enough to see out a term as president is real.

    McCain could bow out, and an alternative candidate could come forward, someone the (now truly deluded) fiscal conservative Republican base might actually warm to. The new candidate would have the advantage of not having to suffer an extended vetting process.

    Meanwhile, any potential Sword of Damocles that hangs over Obama’s head may fall after he has secured the Democratic nomination and there is no going back. If any of the allegations (such as a Kenyan birth or engaging in activities that Iris Robinson might not like) were true then it is likely he would be finished quickly. If they amount to mostly smear then his political dreams may be mortally wounded.

    Pure speculation of course, but then again, Karl Rove, he hasn’t gone away you know…

  • BfB

    I wanted Obama to win to get this lib fiasco over with….but Commissar Putin is getting the big bear back in shape and that nancy boy metrosexual asshole will sell America down the drain in a heart beat. No match against a real man is Obama (yoda).
    McCain it will be. Great entertainment when Hillary has to restrain Bill from whacking Obie Wan Catastrophie.

  • Greenflag

    Harry ,

    But you will at least agree with me that the Democrats went collectively insane when they chose Obama over Hillary?.

    I would’nt go that far . Had Edwards been outed before the Iowa primary it’s possible that Obama would have come in second or would not have gained the momentum he did . Clinton’s earleir plan to wrap things up early might have worked .

    That said while I have a huge amount of respect for Hilary and her efforts there is a certain amount of ‘feeling ‘ stateside I read , that having had a trade of Bush v Clinton dynasties it may be time to give Americans an opportunity to move away from dynastic politics .

    ‘nailing me to a cross on the Cave Hill might be a bit impractical but within reason I’m prepared to go along’

    Yes you are right it would be . I forgot it can be damn cold in November and anyway you would’nt enjoy the view from such an uncomfortable position 🙂

    ‘but what will you do if you’re wrong’

    I’m not as anti McCain as you might be against Obama . A McCain Presidency would not be a disaster as he’ll be ‘corralled ‘ by Democratic majorities in the House and Senate . But it would postpone or delay the inevitable root and branch reforms that need to be made in the USA with regard to their health care , educational and foreign policies . I’m happier with McCain’s liberal Republican take on the ‘religious right ‘ than for instance with Obama’s recent ‘religious ‘ revelations . It’s somewhat ironic that in 2008 the USA has a President who brought ‘jesus ‘ and religion back to the White House via the Evangelical Protestant route . In 1960 Jack Kennedy assured American Protestants that he would keep his religion /Catholicism out of his politics and got enough of their votes to win . Can anyone imagine a prospective USA candidate in 2008 going on the air and telling Americans what Jack Kennedy did in 1960 and still get elected ? Such is the power of the ‘evangelicals ‘ and their accompanying hordes of born agains , rapturists and ‘babbling tongue ‘ afficionados of pentecostalism and all other manifestations of unreason , prosperity religion , superstition, and the God wants you to be rich con artists 🙁

    I don’t believe there is any other western country that has such a high percentage of quite frankly ‘gobshites ‘ among the general voting public . They are estimated by Phillips (American Theocracy ) to constitute some 25 to 30% of the electorate . As they overwhelmingly have voted Republican in 2000 and even more so in 2004 their ‘apparent ‘ reluctance to enthuse over McCain is another reason why he’s between a rock and a hard place .

    Anyway I’m away for a few weeks so be good and keep out of the Lubianka 🙂 They say it has a long history of fatal attractions and IIRC a certain Arthur Koestler mentions them in Gori detail (pun intended ) in his Darkness at Noon classic.

  • Footnote to the Greenflag/Harry Flashman discussion:

    Today’s Washintgton Post is reporting that Obama:

    raised more than $51 million in July, keeping him in line to collect more than half a billion dollars for his 2008 presidential bid.

    The showing, almost double what presumptive Republican nominee John McCain raised in the same month, was fresh evidence that Obama has maintained his record-setting pace …

    … [Obama] has now raised about $400 million in his campaign for the White House, and his top aides believe funds could come in at an even faster rate when voters are paying closer attention to the contest in September and October. McCain’s campaign announced Friday that the senator from Arizona raised $27 million in July, bringing his total to just over $170 million for the campaign to date.

    It surely is significant that the Democrats are up 25% on 2004, while the Republicans are down by 12%.

    Any fan of political mud-wrestling inverts the old saying: where there’s money, there’s muck to be hurled.

  • Footnote to the Greenflag/Harry Flashman exchange:

    Today’s Washington Post is reporting that Obama:

    raised more than $51 million in July, keeping him in line to collect more than half a billion dollars for his 2008 presidential bid.

    The showing, almost double what presumptive Republican nominee John McCain raised in the same month, was fresh evidence that Obama has maintained his record-setting pace …

    … [Obama] has now raised about $400 million in his campaign for the White House, and his top aides believe funds could come in at an even faster rate when voters are paying closer attention to the contest in September and October. McCain’s campaign announced Friday that the senator from Arizona raised $27 million in July, bringing his total to just over $170 million for the campaign to date.

    It surely is significant that the Democrats’ taking are up 25% on 2004, while the Republicans are down by 12%.

    Meanwhile, and a while before the fat lady even sucks her Vocalzone, I see it’s still pegging at around 47-45% for Obama, and the Electoral College something like 273-227.

    Any fan of political mud-wrestling inverts the old saying: where there’s money, there’s muck to be hurled. So, a brief cheer for that inevitable old stager, Hoo Flung Dung. And, as if by magic, oh, look! — here come the Swift-Boaters!

  • Err … I think my keyboard is sticking: thrice in a week.

  • BfB

    As a state senator, Obama voted for the killing of a baby who survived an abortion …’In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. And now Obama has oddly claimed that he would not want his daughters to be “punished with a baby” because of a crisis pregnancy — hardly a welcoming attitude toward new life.’ he’s a no good creep.
    John McCain is my man.