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McCain team crashing Democratic convention.

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By Tim Carney

The RNC has set up a warroom just outside of downtown Denver, and plastered with clever posters declaring Obama "A Mile High, an Inch Deep."

This space (which can only be entered through a back alley) appears to have two functions: a media and oppo-research hub for RNC and McCain 2008 staff; and a staging area for the GOP "party crashers" coming to town.

The schedule of McCain surrogates in Denver has changed a bit since the RNC's announcement reported last week. Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, rather than responding to Hillary's Tuesday night speech as originally reported, will instead be in Denver Monday as part of an independents-and-Democrats-for-McCain push.

Joining Fiorina Monday morning will be former Democratic Congressman Tim Penny of Minnesota and Hillary Clinton supporter Debra Bartoshevich, a Clinton delegate from Wisconsin who was stripped of her delegate role when she publicly declared she was backing McCain.

Mitt Romney will be the star attack dog Tuesday, Rudy Giuliani Wednesday, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday (note, one day before McCain announces his veep).

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THAT'S THE ONLY GAME THEY HAVE ATTACK, AND BELIEVE
ME IF THIS GUY BECOMES PRESIDENT HE WILL START
A WAR THAT WILL MAKE IRAQ LOOK LIKE WAR GAMES!
THAT'S WHY THEY ATTACK SO MUCH, THEY HAVE NOTHING
ELSE BETTER TO DO, THEY ARE ALL RICH GUYS, WHO
DON'T GIVE A HOOT ABOUT THE COMMON MAN!
THEY WILL NEVER BE CONSIDERED ROLE-MODELS!
KARL ROVE SCHOOLED THEM WELL, THEY ARE LIKE A
BUNCH OF ROCKEM SOCKEM ROBOTS!
HERE'S A TRUE STORY!
ONCE UPON A TIME A MAN IN ARIZONA WANTED TO RUN
FOR CONGRESS, BUT HE HAD A PROBLEM HE DIDN'T LIVE
IN THAT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SO HIS RICH WIFE
CAME TO THE RESCUE AND BOUGHT A HOUSE IN THAT
PARTICULAR DISTRICT SO HE COULD BECOME A
CONGRESSMAN! CAN YOU GUESS WHO I'M TALKING ABOUT?
GROW UP AMERICA IT'S ALL A GAME TO THESE GUYS!
THEY DON'T CARE IF YOU LOSE YOUR SHIRT, THEY WILL
ALWAYS HAVE THEIRS!

"HERE'S A TRUE STORY!
ONCE UPON A TIME A MAN IN ARIZONA WANTED TO RUN
FOR CONGRESS, BUT HE HAD A PROBLEM HE DIDN'T LIVE
IN THAT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SO HIS RICH WIFE
CAME TO THE RESCUE AND BOUGHT A HOUSE IN THAT
PARTICULAR DISTRICT SO HE COULD BECOME A
CONGRESSMAN! CAN YOU GUESS WHO I'M TALKING ABOUT?
GROW UP AMERICA IT'S ALL A GAME TO THESE GUYS!
THEY DON'T CARE IF YOU LOSE YOUR SHIRT, THEY WILL
ALWAYS HAVE THEIRS!"

Hey Genius, you could say the exact same thing about Back Obama, but he did not even grow up in America. I'm not even a Republican, but get a clue. You make the rest of us look stupid.

What a slap in the face to the women of America.

Carly (Carleton) Fiorina needs to be vetted by the media. The McCain campaign has apparently decided that her best and highest use is to pull a stupid prank, aimed directly at the women of America (whom they obviously believe are also stupid).

I don't get why the press sure has gone for this phony bologna.

Women have always been each other's worst enemy in the very real struggles for equal and basic civil rights, and in the everyday world of living where loyalty and talking out problems don't seem to be our strong suit. Not that men don't fight dirty, it's just a different type of "dirty". They can often shake hands and walk away.

We all have a story or two about a backstabbing "friend" or female co-worker that deliberately worked to bring you down whether it's a personal relationship or a work situation. Usually, it was to impress some guy, or to sabotage legit competition. Fiorina is obviously trying to impress McCain and the boy's club of the neo-con right. It's insulting and false, just like all the rhetoric we've been fed by this bunch for 8 years.

First, no woman that ever believed in Hillary Clinton's message or candidacy (like myself) would, or could, ever support John McCain. There are no common threads.

According to the RNC’s reasoning, women are so shallow and immature in their reasons to vote for a candidate that we would actually throw a hissy fit and vote for someone that does not represent our national or personal interests simply because our first choice was not the nominee. It’s so offensive, but the media has been feeding this myth because of a few disgruntled kooks got interviewed, or because, "...a source close to the campaign said...".

Dedicated and heroic women and men that have worked for decades to help America live up to our constitutional potential, don't have to be "released" from being a Clinton delegate. They have already pivoted, and are supporting the Obama ticket.

Now, the McCain/media myth is that there are vast numbers of women that are furious because Hillary is not the Democrat VP pick. News flash, most of us already figured that he wasn't picking her a long time ago.

Does anyone really believe that that Hillary Clinton has been "done wrong" and that the Republicans (who just love her)are steaming mad about it? Where is the grip on reality?

When the whole thing falls apart and exposed for the farce it is, Rove 2.0 will be done with Carley. She'll get lip service, but then they will distance.

The RNC will have little comment and, I can hear it all now, from Rick Smith, "Senator McCain did not approve or know anything about Ms. Fiornia's activities or plans in Denver. He does not control what the RNC does or does not do."

Poor,Carley. Because of this not-so-swiftboat move, all of America will soon know about her own very thin resume, and her personal and business history reminding everyone of the wiretapping of employees at HP along with her forced resignation. Maybe it's about time since her name is constantly being mentioned as VP material.

It's just sad that there are, and apparently will always be, some women who are so eager to impress that they can be reliably used to betray other women. In this case it just happens to be that she is betraying all the women of America. The good part is that it won't work.

Fiorina has shown personal insecurity by agreeing to do this for the RNC and although she may make a friend or two, they will not respect her when it's over.

Yes, she may get a job in the Republican bone yard as a FOX political analyst, but her brush with political power is almost over.

YOU MISSED THE POINT, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT
HAPPENED, AND OBAMA'S WIFE ISN'T RICH!
READING IS FUNDAMENTAL!

Thank God that someone has the guts to stand up for honor. McCain is at least a hero.

Obama is a disgrace.

The media should start reporting instead of just giving opinions.

How could any American be proud of Obama. He is a deceptive Chicago Con.

He is embarrassing to the world just by his associations:
Wright, Farrakhan, Rezko, Plaeger and Black Liberation Theology....

Who would want this man as the President of the United States.

Who could stand tall next to this man.
Obama also has no guts to put Clinton on the ticket.

Obama's wife is the cause of the loss of this election. She's totally jelous of Senator Clinton. Michelle is so bitter about life and our country it's a disgrace.

Neither one of them deserve to represent America.
Period.

To all Democrats that have felt cheated:

With the convention just around the corner, it is imperative that Democrats all around the country understand that whether or not Hillary is nominated, we are in this for the long haul. Senator Obama is an embarrassment to the Democratic Party.
Obama’s “change” message has just been destroyed by Joe Biden. No more jokes about McCain being an old man: Biden’s an old man also.

This primary has revealed DNC "leadership" to be corrupt, mean-spirited, and lacking respect for basic democratic principles. They have completely and effectively ceded the moral high ground to Republicans at this point.

• We have seen the race card played, with assistance from both Dean and Brazile.
• We have seen rampant sexism with no objection by the DNC.
• We have seen the superdelegates endorse as quid-pro-quo for campaign contributions.
• We have seen arm-twisting of the congressional delegates by "neutral" Nancy Pelosi to declare for Obama.
• We have seen an unabashed ageism campaign against John McCain, calling him "confused", and that he has "lost his bearings".
• We've seen a softening of support for the gay and lesbian community.
• We've seen caucus cheating.
• We've seen intimidation of Hillary supporters, hack attacks and coordinated threats against voters and media that dare to dissent.
• We've seen manipulation of the party nominating system and media to favor one candidate over another and the outright redistribution of votes cast for one Hillary and given to Obama.
This is now a democratic party in name only.


We need to get the word out.

It will take an effort from all of us to restore the Democratic party to its former self, to a party that we can be proud of. This is just one step in that direction.

Contact Delegates Maybe there is still hope for Senator Clinton. Obama is a complete embarrassment.

HEY JIM, IT WILL ALL BE OVER IN NOVEMBER AND YOU
AND JOHN MCCAIN CAN GO FISHING, HIS WIFE WILL BUY
THE BAIT!

To all Democrats that have felt cheated:

Donate a dollar. Then Hillary might be closer to clearing her debt.

The democrats now have a leader with spine. No matter what the McCain party crashers do in Denver, we democrats will not only take it in our stride, we'll return the favor several times over next week in Repub convention. FFS, Repubs are even more divided, they are actually having 2 separate conventions in Minnesota, and apparently Ron Paul's one is going to much better than that of McSame.

I don't understand why people are so hard on Carly. She was a great business woman. Particularly when it came to her own interests.

For example she wrote me (and every other HP employee) a personal letter and gave me stock options in June 2000 at $59.58. The stock today is worth about $46. So if I exercised them today I'd lose $13 a share. And they've never been worth anything when exercisable. If the money had been in the bank in a boring savings account at 5% it'd worth about $100. Indeed a great business woman.

Well, she did walk away with tens of millions of $$$ from HP so she must be smart.

Let's hope for sake of the Chinese that she becomes Treasury Secretary. China will do very well, and the US will be in a financial shambles.


WORD IS FOX NEWS AND MCCAIN JUST LEFT DENVER ON
MCCAIN'S WIFES PLANE, IT'S OVER!
DID YOU SEE WHERE THEY PLACED FOX NEWS, THEY ARE
ON THE ROOF!

I HAVE A SOLUTION FOR SOME OF YOU, STOP DRINKING!
SAY NO TO DRUGS!
GET INVOLVED WITH THE DARE PROGRAM IN YOUR
COMMUNITY!
OPEN YOUR CLOSED MINDS, AND OPEN YOUR EYES, AND
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!
BARACK OBAMA HAS RUN A GREAT CAMPAIGN, HE IS
SO FAR AHEAD OF MCCAIN IN ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS
HE IS SMARTER, HE IS A LAWYER, HE IS THE REAL
DEAL!
SOME OF YOU WOULDN'T KNOW A GOOD THING IF YOU
TRIPPED OVER IT!
THEY HAVE TAKEN NO DOZE OFF THE SHELVES IN
THE ENTIRE STATE OF MINNESOTA!
MCCAIN IS COMING TO TOWN, SNORING WILL BE AT A
PREMIUM!

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