Wednesday, April 25

Stewart v McCain : The Smackdown

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Presidential candidate John McCain squared off with the heavyweight champion of fake news Jon Stewart. It was a bare knuckle brawl in which Jon landed the first blow and McCain found himself on the mat staring up at at least three Blackhawk helicopters. McCain countered with mistakes were made, but we are where we are. Jon landed a second blow on fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here. It was a glancing blow, that McCain countered with mistakes were made, but we are where we are. The knockout blow came when Jon called McCain on the idea that we aren't supporting the troops if we don't go along with the President. McCain countered with mistakes were made, but we are where we are.


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Further Commentary from ThereisNoSpoon ok Dkos.

Tonight on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart owned John McCain and showed the world what a REAL Democratic leader who understands how to tell the truth and sound authoritative doing it looks like. I say this without exaggeration: it was the most amazing rhetorical performance I have seen from any progressive in the last six years. In one 10 minute debate with John McCain, he did the following:

--compared the daily horrific tragedies in Iraq with the VA Tech shooting to show just how bad things are over in Iraq

--obliterated the very idea that we are fighting a "war" in Iraq, challenging McCain to explain how military strategy and battleships could possibly factor into "winning" in Iraq

--insisted that the "war" as such was over once we had captured Saddam Hussein

--obliterated the idea the timetables for withdrawal will allow the "terrorists and Sunni insurgents and Shia militias" to win, by telling the truth that it's THEIR country and they can wait us out as long as they want

--called McCain's bluff when he said that withdrawal would constitute surrender, by stating matter-of-factly that these groups are fighting not with us but with one another while we babysit them, and then going on to state unequivocally, quoting Petraeus, that any solution must be political rather than military. And that benchmarks and timetables are an essential part of diplomatic and political solutions.

--demanded that McCain explain to him how criticizing the President was a greater failure to support the troops than extending their tours of duty, initiating stop losses, and failing abjectly to keep Walter Reed up to snuff.

--explained that Al-Qaeda's stated purpose is to draw America out into a long and bloody that drains our lives and our treasury...and that even granted the premise that terrorists in Iraq want to follow us back to America, they will do so one way or another.

--challenged McCain to show him what the "new strategy" was, and laid out the truth quite clearly: that we can either put over 350,000 troops on the ground there (full occupation), or withdraw (ending occupation).

And there's so, so much more where that came from.

Indeed there is, it's more than worth a viewing or three.


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