John McCain: “I Will Be Hamas’ Worst Nightmare”

by Sean Hackbarth

John McCain

I took part in another Sen. John McCain weblogger conference call. The North Carolina GOP’s Jeremiah Wright ad garnered most of the questions along with questions about Sen. Obama and William Ayers and foreign policy.

Michael Goldfarb asked why McCain wanted the NC GOP ad pulled. McCain said the inferences in the ad were “unwarranted.” He would rather talk about differences on taxes, the size of government, and national security. He doesn’t think the Wright ad is an appropriate message and is “not the tenor of the campaign we want to wage.”

Jim Geraghty followed up by asking if it was McCain’s position that voters should take Wright into account but Republicans shouldn’t have ads about him? McCain answered that voters can take anything into account. He found the ad “offensive” but can’t order the NC GOP to pull it. He wants to run the “best, most positive kind of campaign.”

Hugh Hewitt asked about Obama’s obligation to actually clarify his relationship with Ayers. McCain said he was surprised there hasn’t been more discussion from the media. He again chided Obama’s comparison of Ayers to Coburn. McCain wondered if perhaps Obama could argue Ayers made some contribution.

Ann Nowicki asked about running and competing in California. McCain sounded confident saying “I’m a Western Senator” who understands Western issues like water rights. California can’t be written off and Gov. Schwarzenegger has shown a Republican with differing views can win there. If that isn’t an indication McCain’s running towards independent and swing voters I don’t know what is. The days of conservative outreach–how few they have been–have been numbered.

Jennifer Rubin asked if Obama has given an unhelpful signal to Hamas? McCain responded that it’s clear who Hamas wants to be President. So does Daniel Ortega. “I will be Hamas’ worst nightmare,” said McCain. McCain noted that Iran is stepping up their export of explosives to Iraq, and they wouldn’t want him to be President either. New slogan: John McCain: America’s enemies’ least favorite candidate.

A question came up about the battle for Basra. McCain called it a “pleasant turn of events” and said the Iraqi army had taken over the city.

John Ruberry brought up Cook County, Illinois’ high sales tax. That let McCain go off on how Obama wants to raise taxes. “Increases in taxes have been uniformly detrimental to the economy,” said McCain. Lifting the income limits on the payroll tax will effect lots of people. Also raising the capital gains tax would affect 100 million Americans.

McCain definitely didn’t satisfy those who like the Wright ad and want him and the GOP to be more aggressive.

More coverage of the conference call:

[picture via marcn]

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17 Responses to “John McCain: “I Will Be Hamas’ Worst Nightmare””

1

He wants to run the “best, most positive kind of campaign.”

McCain responded that it’s clear who Hamas wants to be President.

Oh, that’s nice. “I want to run a positive campaign, but i’ll still infer that terrorists want Democrats in office.” Way to have it both ways there, Johnny.

2

DJ, Hamas does want Obama to be President. No inference needed.

3

[...] Of interesting note: Flap (A Giuliani supporter/blogger), Sean Hackbarth (A Fred Thompson supporter/blogger) and Hugh Hewitt (A Romney supporter/blogger) were in attendance. Can’t say that Team McCain is NOT reaching out to the entire spectrum of the GOP. [...]

4

Hamas has already declared for Obama.

Iran would love nothing more than to be spoken to…..they’d prefer Obama.

Facts are stubborn things.

5

With this type of attitude, Republicans don’t deserve to be elected to anything. Sure, McCain wants to run a clean campaign, but hasn’t he been around long enough to know what democrats will do or say to maintain their grips on power? How many years of being painted as racist, hateful, and evil will it take?

Dems love to attack anything they dislike as “Rovian”, but they set the standard many years ago. Anything the republicans do now is simply playing catch up.

6

For the love of Pete, would you guys just turn off talk radio and get a clue? McCain is one of the most conservative people out there.

Sean and Rush and Laura Ingraham and the rest are not the final arbiters of what is and isn’t conservative. They’ve supported a profligate Republican party for the last several years while McCain has fought most of the wild spending spree. McCain is the conservative in this race and he always was.

7

DJ it isn’t an inference when they come right out an say it! Just because it reflects badly on BO doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Besides, Wright, Ayers and Rezko are problems that BO has brought upon himself. His refusal to talk specifics on issues leave people nothing else to talk about… they are left evaluating what we do know about him… his associates. IF he wants to draw attention away from THOSE bad decisions he needs to start talking more like a policy wonk and explaining how his “Hope” platform will be translated into concrete actions and results.

8

[...]  Sean Hackbarth reports that John McCain told a group of bloggers on a conference call that he would be Hamas’ “worst nightmare”: Jennifer Rubin asked if Obama has given an unhelpful signal to Hamas? McCain responded that it’s clear who Hamas wants to be President. So does Daniel Ortega. “I will be Hamas’ worst nightmare,” said McCain. McCain noted that Iran is stepping up their export of explosives to Iraq, and they wouldn’t want him to be President either. New slogan: John McCain: The candidate America’s enemies least favorite. [...]

9

McCain’s center-right, more center than conservative Republicans would like, but not out there. McCain’s problem has been his habit of bashing his side harder than he hits Democrats. From the looks of thinks he’s going to make the mistake of not going to do much build goodwill with conservative critics.

10

For the good of California I’m voting McCain. Our gun laws are insane enough as it is, Obama will institute CA style gun laws throughout the nation, so if you want that get ready for lead ammo bans and microstamping everybody, because “potential Condor habitat” could be found ANYWHERE.

11

Like any good military man, he is saving his ammunition, should be necessary, for the more critical battles down the road.

The Democrats are famous for shooting off all their weapons early and then getting creamed in the closing days. Why encourage Republicans to follow the same stupid strategy? McCain is right to take the highest possible road for as long as he can. If they want to bring the fight low, once they have an actual candidate, he’ll be ready to go balls out should it be necessary.

12

[...] John McCain: I Will Be Hamas’ Worst Nightmare » The American Mind Ann Nowicki asked about running and competing in California. McCain sounded confident saying “I’m a Western Senator” who understands Western issues like water rights. California can’t be written off and Gov. Schwarzenegger has shown a Republican with differing views can win there. If that isn’t an indication McCain’s running towards independent and swing voters I don’t know what is. The days of conservative outreach–how few they have been–have been numbered. [...]

13

Dsov, good point. There will always be time to unleash the Rev. Wright barrage later. Why start with that and get things off on the wrong foot?

14

[...] 4. McCain gets tough: “I will be Hamas’ worst nightmare.” Tough is good in politics. Point for McCain. [...]

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16

NAW NAW NAW, not Hamas endorses McCain, illegal aliens endorses McCain.

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#4
Oh for goodness sakes, your going out on a limb to call McCain a conservative. McCain’s problem is simple, he has veered hard left after his bitter defeat at the hands of conservatives in the 2000 election. After that election he did all he could to alienate conservatives and considered multiple times bolting his party. McCain left whatever conservative principles he had a long time ago, just look at his most recent ACU ratings.

As for Limbaugh/Ingraham, considering how much they’ve done to advance the conservative cause in comparison to what you have done, I think they probably have a more fundamental and profound understanding of what conservatism is than you do, with all due respect. I’m amazed how much McCain has done in such a short period of time to split the party, well done if your intent is to move the party left, as has been the desire of the RNC leadership for some time.

I await the wilderness for this party.

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