A Cautious Man
July 31, 2008
The Audacity of Crap
The Republican Party has been kind enough to provide a website which collects the bits of mud and other slime they will be flinging this year, and called it the "Barack Obama Audacity Watch".

(As an aside, I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of use of "audacity" by the right-wing this fall, because that’s now a "bad word", like "hope" is now a "bad word", due to association with Senator Obama. It’s a tactic that most of you probably learned in junior high school, but some folks have never managed to grow out of.)

Personally, I think this website is an excellent source for laughs. In a recent installment, they got their panties in a bunch over Senator Obama’s campaign plane –

When John McCormick reported Obama replaced his Boeing 737 campaign plane with a Boeing 757, he noted the new aircraft had "a giant flag painted on its tail."

In yet another display of his patriotism, Obama replaced the American flag with the Obama Logo. Lynn Sweet reports that Obama’s 757 has been repainted "with the Obama sunrise logo on the tail."

Oh the audacity of Obama’s ego.

Wow. Senator Obama has a campaign logo on his campaign plane. John McCain wouldn’t do that, he’d have a great big American flag up there, right?

Er, maybe not

The Arizona senator, who has wrapped up his party's White House nomination, dubbed his new in-air home the "Straight Talk Express" after his campaign bus of the same name, so-called for the senator's tendency to speak his mind.

The bus, where the candidate dishes with reporters over policy and politics, is a key part of the 71-year-old's political brand.

So is his name, of course, but McCain expressed surprise when reporters riding with him mentioned it being emblazoned across the Boeing 737-400.

"Really? Is it?" McCain said after the flight. "I thought it just says Straight Talk Express."

Assured that his name also adorned the plane, McCain described how it felt: "Whoops! I feel wonderful," he said. "Maybe it's a little added free publicity, I don't know, at various airports."

Presidential nominees usually get a plane with their names and campaign slogans before the general election.

You can see the "JohnMcCain.com" emblazoned on the tail of the plane in this picture.

Oh, the audacity!



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