Democrats stumble on new strategy: “McSame”

The new Democratic mantra being used to criticize McCain isn’t about the issues, it’s just a play on his name. Luckily McCain rhymes with McSame and the idea naturally presented itself.

A report from ABC News on the topic:

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As he introduced Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday night in Louisville, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles jabbed at likely GOP nominee John McCain, even giving him a nickname.

Chandler, addressing the crowd of about 8,000 Obama supporters, called McCain what at first sounded like “John insane.”

Chandler, however, said Tuesday that he was referring to McCain as “John McSame” to make his point that McCain would be a continuation of President Bush’s policies. He said he would never call someone “insane” in such a setting.

Digital audio recordings from the event at the Kentucky International Convention Center were virtually indecipherable because of acoustics, but video recordings plugged directly into the event’s sound system show that Chandler did say “McSame.”

“The last thing we need is 12 years of the Bush administration,” Chandler said in warming up the crowd for Obama’s 40-minute speech.

The McSame name has been adopted around the liberal blogosphere it appears. I think the problem with painting McCain as a continuation of Bush administration might be the record of the past 8 years when McCain countered Bush many times.

Truth be told, I wouldn’t think someone with a name like “Obama” wants to go down the rhyming road in the general election considering the amount of PACs and other organizations willing to take on the challenge. Just a thought.

  • Babs

    You got that right, Nate. They needn’t even think about starting the rhyming game. *LOL* And they particularly shouldn’t be making fun of anyone’s name, but of course no one repudiated the “Billary” line, so I guess they won’t the “McSame” line, either. So much for adult Democrats.

    I wish they had shown the rest of Bush’s quip in that video, of course they wouldn’t. After Bush said McCain was trying to distance himself from him as his reason for not showing up at that roast, he went on to say Hillary or Obama weren’t there either – Hillary couldn’t get in the building for the sniper fire, and Obama was in church. It got a lot of laughs. 🙂


    Oh yeah John McCain is not McSame and liberals better realize that this strategy of a 3rd Bush term is not going to work, when the election really starts and McCain speaks of his policies.

    Also dont speak and make up names about a candidate, because democrats and Obama himself dont like when the Hussein name is brought up, so lets not play the name game, or party and your candidate Barack Hussein Obama will have problems. hey why dont we just call Obama, Osama than if your going to call McCain either McSame or McBush.

  • IndiMinded

    Gee Obama Sucks, I can see how much insults and name calling upsets you. Hate to see that.

    Seriously though, name calling politics is McLame, and I hope it’s kept to a minimum as things go forward. Let’s face it, if the guy I’m voting for wins, every two-bit critic of America with Barack at the helm will be calling it an “Obama-nation”.

  • If Obama wants to play that game: if McCain is a third term for Bush, then Obama is a second term for Carter. Blech.

  • Babs

    *ROFLMAO* That’s funny, I don’t care who you are!

    Points for Tina. 🙂

  • Tina makes a good point, the historical comparison road is not somewhere either campaign should go. Stick to the present issues.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    They’re all good at constant flip-flopping, which is intolerable.

  • Tina, great comment on the Obama/Carter issue. Democrats never seem to remember or acknowledge that Jimmy Carters presidency was a disaster. However dems are always the first one’s to compare McCain to Bush. Let’s just let McCain make his own mistakes, which we know he will.

    As for Carter vs Obama, the comparisons are scary. Here’s Jimmy Carter who’s holding meetings with Hamas and wanting to negotiate with terrorists. Obama has stated in the past that he would hold talks with Iran and Cuba……….too many similarities for me.

  • IndiMinded

    You mean that one single similarity you mentioned CG? It’s too much to bear? 😛 You impress very easily, huh?

  • IndiMinded, are we really going to get into it b/c I only gave one example?

  • IndiMinded

    Don’t really mean any offense CG, but come on – don’t you think these comparisons are sort of silly on both sides? John McCain isn’t George Bush, and Barack Obama isn’t Jimmy Carter. They’ve led different lives, they’re different men. Neither candidate is anyone but themselves, and drudging up the least popular republican and democratic presidents in recent memory to compare our modern contenders to is a pretty transparent form of political name calling.

    But I mean, dems have been doing it for months, so I guess I understand why republicans are eager to strike back

  • Vesper

    Conservative Gal,

    Bringing up possible “negotiation” policies with Iran is probably not a good idea for any Republican. Especially one who has used the line “Reagan foot soldier.”

    Just saying that if we’re going to draw comparisons, the last person to be “Reagan’s foot soldier” sold guns to our enemies and blow to our citizens…

  • Babs

    Well color me stupid, Vesper. Who sold guns to our enemies and blow to our citizens as “Reagan’s foot soldier”? And I think the “negotiation” policy of Obama is one we’d ALL better bring up fast – before we vote in November.

    IndiMinded, I’m going to have to go with CG on this. The similarities between Obama and Carter are there. I supported and campaigned for Jimmy Carter, believing in his lofty “ideals” just like the Obama people believe in his kumbaya “ideals”. They were both extremely liberal with pie in the sky promises, none of which were kept. It was a romantic notion that a Georgia farm boy could change the world. Now it’s a african american junior senetor who can unite us all. All very romantic, none of it logical or practical. I will say at least Carter had some experience as govenor under his belt, Obama doesn’t have any experience close to that.

    And maybe it is silly to compare either of them, but it is the Dems who compare McCain to Bush, and Obama to JFK.

  • Vesper

    Seriously, Babs?

    Oliver North. Lieutenant Colonel appointed by Reagan to the National Security Council.

    Somehow he’s ended up as a champion of conservatism. He even hosts a show of Fox News. Of course his website bio doesn’t mention the countries he is exiled from for running cocaine or his involvement in Iran-Contra, but one wouldn’t really expect that kind of transparency.


    Oliver North never did what you have said, and I believe him to be a great Man and a great American. God Bless Him.

  • CG & Babs, the parallels between Obama and Carter are scary–though Obama is more calculating than Carter ever was. Obama, like Carter, comes across as the idealistic Washington outsider, but he is as seasoned and manipulative as someone who has been in Washington for years. The fact that he’s able to pass himself off as a moderate and a ‘uniter’ shows that he has skills Carter never had.

    I don’t get the Obama/JFK comparisons. JFK supported policies that would be considered Republican in today’s politics–cut taxes, decrease spending, and strong military.

    Aside from his pro-war stance, McCain is far from Bush. If I were to compare McCain to anyone, it would be Lieberman or *maybe* Goldwater–though Goldwater was much more of a libertarian.

    And didn’t Reagan fire Ollie North?

  • Babs

    Tina, I think the first to bring up a comparison between Obama/JFK was his brother in dendorsing Obama, at least the first I heard. Personally, I thought it was a bad comparison.

    Vesper, no wonder I didn’t know who you were talking about. You weren’t talking about anyone, O_S is right, North never did those things. *L*