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(Political Animal) MCCAIN TRIES THE ‘CHICKEN PRANK’…. For the second time in two days, the McCain campaign has unveiled a television ad intended to drive a wedge between Hillary Clinton’s supporters and the candidate Hillary Clinton endorses and agrees with. In the new one, which the media is no doubt going to love, we see a former Clinton delegate from Wisconsin, touting her support for John McCain, and encouraging her other Democrats to follow her.

Now, I can’t begin to relate to what this woman is thinking. As recently as a couple of months ago, she wanted the nation to move in one direction; now she prefers the opposite direction. She preferred a progressive approach on key issues; now she prefers a conservative approach. She wanted a break away from the policies of George W. Bush; now she wants four more years like the last eight. I’m not even going to pretend to understand why.

But before the networks take the ad too seriously, they should consider an anecdote about the “chicken prank” from TNR’s Eve Fairbanks.

I almost feel like a dupe writing about the second pro-Hillary ad McCain released today at 6am: It’s a stunt, a trick meant to keep him in the press during the Democratic convention and gin up more Hillary-Obama-tension media storylines. Message: neener neener neener. It is, in fact, the political equivalent of a prank legendarily pulled at my high school in which students procured well fewer than 20 live chickens, numbered them 1 through 20 with magic markers (leaving some numbers out), set them loose, and then sat back and gleefully watched as hapless school officials ran around the school searching for the remaining missing chickens that had never actually existed.

Nobody knows how much truly dangerous anti-Obama sentiment exists among former Hillary supporters or how many Hillary delegates will vote for John McCain in November (this past June, McCain said that the woman in today’s ad, Wisconsin nurse Debra Bartoshevich, was the only Hillary delegate they knew of who was committed to pull the lever for McCain). But I guarantee some of us in the press will spend today haplessly running around looking for more of them out here, to fill out our stories about this ad and the angry-Hillary-brigades-hit-Denver storyline.

The vast majority of Democrats, especially those who found Hillary Clinton’s campaign appealing, will simply have no rational reason to do what Bartoshevich has inexplicably done. But to use Fairbanks’ metaphor, I also don’t doubt that the race for additional chickens is on.

For what it’s worth, while the McCain campaign is touting support from Bartoshevich, be prepared to hear more about high-profile Republicans throwing their support to Barack Obama.

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Senator Joe Biden Issues Statement on McCain’s Support of Bush Wire-Tapping

From AllAmericanPatriots.com

June 6, 2008 — Washington, DC – Chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee and senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) issued the following statement today after
news reports indicated that Senator McCain supports President Bush’s
wire-tapping program:

Photo by Christy Frink (CC)John McCain: Photo by Christy Frink (CC)

“Senator McCain has now not only joined the company of President
Bush – but also President Nixon – in taking the position that as
President he would consider himself above the law. In 1978, I helped
draft the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which made clear
the exclusive legal steps the President must take in order to conduct
national security surveillance. President Bush chose to ignore the law
and now it seems Senator McCain will continue this policy. Once again –
there is no daylight between President Bush and Sen. McCain.

“I said during the FISA debate in 1978 that “it is not necessary to
compromise civil liberties in the name of national security.” That’s as
true today, even in a time of war, as it was then. We all share the
goal of capturing the terrorists and protecting national security and
we can do that without violating the privacy of the American people.
Like President Bush, Sen. McCain is presenting the American people with
a false choice—national security or civil liberties. We need a
President who understands that we can have both. It’s what our values
and our Constitution demands.”

Source: Senator Joe Biden

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