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Obama Campaign Accuses McCain of Cheating; Andrea Mitchell Dutifully Carries Obama's Water

The buzz in the blogosphere today is how well John McCain did in Rick Warren's presidential forum. The Obama campaign must be really concerned about this because in response, the campaign is now accusing John McCain of cheating. Yes, you read that correctly. Obama's camp is accusing McCain of cheating, and Andrea Mitchell is running with it. From MSNBC via NewsBusters:

(Videotape)

SEN. JOHN McCAIN (R-AZ): Defeat it. Couple of points. One, if I'm president of the United States, my friends, if I have to follow him to the gates of hell, I will get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. I will do that and I know how to do it. I will get that done.

(End videotape)

MR. GREGORY: Andrea Mitchell, that's a pretty clear contrast.

MS. ANDREA MITCHELL: Oh, absolutely. And, you know, there was the crisp, immediate, forceful response by John McCain, clearly in a comfort zone because he was with his base. And Barack Obama, taking a risk in going there but seeing an opportunity. And a much more nuanced approach. The Obama people must feel that he didn't do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because that--what they're putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama.

MR. GREGORY: Right.

MS. MITCHELL: He seemed so well prepared.

Unbelievable. Barack Obama got his ass handed to him last night because he is a light weight and that's it. There is no other reason, and for his camp to completely malign Senator McCain's honor and integrity is just plain offensive.

According to the Obama camp John McCain couldn't possibly have had a great night because he was able to call on his deep bench of knowledge that's a result of a lifetime of experience in government and military service and international relations. No. According to Obama, that couldn't possibly be the case. It has to be that he cheated.

How utterly pathetic.

But, you know, Obama can keep up this charade that he's in the same league as McCain and then toss insults when he fails to measure up because it will illustrate even more that Obama is about as qualified to be President of the United States as Bozo the Clown.

Update: Betsy Newmark reminds us that it was Andrea Mitchell who carried Obama's water without question back when he found himself in trouble for not visiting the troops in Germany.

Update II: Rick Warren responds to the Obama camp's accusations and says McCain didn't hear any of the interview between Warren and Obama.


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Comments (31)

Don't dis Bozo the Clown.</... (Below threshold)
David:

Don't dis Bozo the Clown.

McCain had a good night at ... (Below threshold)

McCain had a good night at Warren's church. I particularly liked the setup where the second participant did not hear the first's answers. I would bet this format will be repeated.

NBC has been carrying Obama's water for months; nothing they say surprises me, although Kim's post is yet another example of the legacy media circular conversation.

What the Obama campaign should be worried about is that McCain had a good night, not a great night. He simply looked great in comparison to who he followed.

Obama is an stunningly avuncular empty suit and the fist pounding on the table that everyone hears (but pretends not to) is Bill and Hillary telling the DNC "I told you so".

This is Obama's campaign ma... (Below threshold)
LenS:

This is Obama's campaign manager preparing the "battlefield" for the major post-convention debate. Obama's MSM friends not only will slant the questions against McCain, they will make sure Obama has the questions ahead of time so he can memorize speech answers. If McCain points this out, they will simply claim that McCain is accusing them of doing what he did earlier. It's classic Alinsky strategy -- accuse your opponent of doing underhanded stuff that you are already doing.

and the fist pounding on... (Below threshold)
Clay:

and the fist pounding on the table that everyone hears (but pretends not to) is Bill and Hillary telling the DNC "I told you so".

Oh my, oh my...so very true. But, they can't feign deafness much longer. The honest Democrats are all muttering, "What in hell have we done?", the others are still denying that the One is naked. I'm looking forward to November, as well as the space in between. This is going to get very interesting indeed.

One thing is for certain, Hillary is about to become the most powerful Democrat in the country.

Why didn't O'Dumbo just giv... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Why didn't O'Dumbo just give McCains answers, he went first. McCain didn't answer one question with a different answer. He's spent his life giving the same answers he gave last night because that is what he really believes. O'Dumbo believes in nothing that doesn't benefit him personally, and knows less about America and the world than the average 4th grade student. Someone or several someone's should go under O'Dumbo's bus for not wising up the Messiah. O'Dumbo has spent his life pissing down people's back and telling them it's raining. A lot of democrats are beginning to aquire a sense of smell and day old piss smells really bad, so they are flushing him.

The pastor spoke to e... (Below threshold)

The pastor spoke to each candidate this week, giving the general themes. Warren decided to tell them each the first two questions in advance, about the three wisest people you know, and the biggest moral failings

That's a news story right there.

BHO said, in answer to the "wisest person" question, his wife and grandmother. Is he pandering to the Hillary female voters, where he is weak? After acquiescing to a roll call vote? Is he worried about that demographic?

This type of analysis has become too easy and the legacy media's refusal to look into it is further evidence of a total sellout for BHO.

This wasn't the cone of s... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

This wasn't the cone of silence that Obama knew.

Unbelievable. Barack Oba... (Below threshold)
DSkinner:

Unbelievable. Barack Obama got his ass handed to him last night because he is a light weight worker and that's it.

Fixed it for you.

Uh, the strike tag worked i... (Below threshold)
DSkinner:

Uh, the strike tag worked in the preview.

If McCain says "my friends"... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

If McCain says "my friends" one more time, I think I'll light my hair on fire. It's beyond annoying at this point.

Fantastic. Accuse McCain of... (Below threshold)

Fantastic. Accuse McCain of cheating. What a stupid idea, since it only highlights the perception that McCain WON, and invites everyone to rehash it and count the ways Obama was lame. That's almost as good as saying your funny ad with the white girls was racist. What future dog catcher is running that campaign?

God help me, I'm almost rea... (Below threshold)

God help me, I'm almost ready to agree with Ryan. And when one is as folically-challenged as I am, that's a serious threat.

J.

"What future dog catcher is... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"What future dog catcher is running that campaign?"

But to them that is the only way McCain could have won. The thought that they suck so bad just doesnt enter their mind.

When McCain's Paris Hilton ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

When McCain's Paris Hilton and Moses ads came out even Republican pundits didn't understand the purpose, but now that they have been so effective, they finally get it. Those ads targeted the ridiculousness of celebrity status for a political candidate. Striped of that status, Obama has to run on his ideas, his positions on the issues, and his character. The Warren debate demonstrates that Obama is out of his league. It's the old one two punch.

Just watched the show this ... (Below threshold)
Rodney:

Just watched the show this morning. Senator Obama came off as a very likable guy that would/could not answer straight forward questions.

Senator Mccain came off as very friendly and willing to give answers and explain the whys behind them.

When McCain talked about hi... (Below threshold)
PeachPit:

When McCain talked about his first marriage failing...why didn't he say it was because he started having sex with and living with someone before he was divorced? I thought he would be a little more mavericky...

Anybody who watched McCain ... (Below threshold)
The Other Ed:

Anybody who watched McCain give quick, pre-packaged answers to Warren's questions, as opposed to Obama trying to actually think them through, can't help but think that McCain had an idea what questions were coming up. Great preparation or listening to the broadcast in the motorcade? Who knows but the non-denial attack by Nicole Wallace to the question of if he was listening makes me even more suspicious.

Gosh other Ed, anyone who w... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Gosh other Ed, anyone who was raised Christian and has moral values could give quick answers to questions like that, that would appear pre-packaged to someone like you.

Now Obama, who was raised by atheists, muslims, and communists had to think of ways to answer the questions, not honestly, but in a way that was least offensive to those with moral Christian values Obama cannot even begin to comprehend.

But thinking like that is above the pay-grade of most leftists so I understand why you believe what you do.

McCain cheated...on his WIF... (Below threshold)
PeachPit:

McCain cheated...on his WIFE!

And how do you know that, P... (Below threshold)

And how do you know that, PP? Probably because McCain acknowledged it long ago, on numerous occasions.

Like he owns up to his other failings.

And talks about what he learned from each of them.

Unlike other politicians whom I could mention, who only admit their failings when confronted with absolutely incontrovertible evidence that puts the lie to their prior evasions and denials and... well, lies.

J.

Yeah, McCain stand up guy f... (Below threshold)
PeachPit:

Yeah, McCain stand up guy for sure. Why won't he release his POW records? Why does he keep working legislation that keeps POW records secret. Keeping the news and information about POW's from families that want to know anything about their missing son or daughter...yeah, he's a good guy.

He was living with Cindy when he filed for divorce people...oh wait...maybe sep. twin beds right?

We wouldn't be having this ... (Below threshold)

We wouldn't be having this conversation about cheating if Barry wasn't fraidy scared to go one on one with the old man.

PP,Are you as angry ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

PP,
Are you as angry that Kerry still hasn't released his military records by signing his form 180? That W.J. Clinton never released his medical records?
What POW records do you want? The ones from the Viet Cong?

MY COMMENT IS TO ANDREA MIT... (Below threshold)
VERNA SMITH:

MY COMMENT IS TO ANDREA MITCHELL - YOU ARE PATHETIC, HOW DO YOU LOOK YOURSELF IN THE MIRROW?

Typical of a liberal left-w... (Below threshold)
Birdzilla:

Typical of a liberal left-wing memeber of the demacrook party

"-- but the fact of the mat... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"-- but the fact of the matter is that he could have readily cheated had he wanted to, which was an option not afforded to Obama. We can all form our own opinions from there"

Well if you look at the Update II (and I dont know when it was posted) it does address what you are talking about. You made your post about 13 minutes ago so it is possible that your search wasnt just for the right thing.


Now the new liberal mantra ... (Below threshold)
TTG:

Now the new liberal mantra is that McCain cheated. Please - When will it end? Only when the left gets their heart's desire, the ultimate fascist utopia. Total socialism. I wish liberals would learn from history. They need to read "Liberal Fascism" by Jonah Goldberg. What an eyeopener into the hearts and minds that evolved into the current form of liberal ideology. McCain is definitely not the conservative choice for many, but he is far more prepared to be president than Barak Hussein Obama.

In the real world, would yo... (Below threshold)
epador:

In the real world, would you rather have a man in charge who cheats and loses one who cheats and wins?

Or to really put it to the Obama campaign- yes he cheated. With a whole half an hour of hearing the questions he was able to pimp himself to look that good?

No , I believe if he cheated he had a list of the questions long before the debate.

Or more likely the "hard" questions weren't all that unpredictable and could be easily studied.

I didn't see any that couldn't have been predicted.

In school, there's a differ... (Below threshold)
BlueNight:

In school, there's a difference between reading the answers out of the book and remembering them for the test, and reading them off a copy of the answer sheet at the test.

One is studying, one is cheating.

Obama punted on a question ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama punted on a question which has basically been a centerpiece of American politics for the past 40 years.

He also stated that giving his OPINION on a matter is for someone else to tell him what to think first.

He refused to either articulate his past views/ statements on the subject or to say something different than what his past views/votes/statements reflect.

In short, 3 strikes, he's out.


So, ed, all within a halfho... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

So, ed, all within a halfhour, WHILE listening to the questions, he managed the listen to, analyze, compose cogent answers and memorize them? Dayam. If someone is that on the ball that they can do all of that on the fly, I want 'em as president. .




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