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Amazing.

The folks at Pensito Review have been doing a little research this afternoon:

At about 2:30 p.m, when I checked the John McCain website for confirmation that Troy King, the attorney general of Alabama, was McCain’s Alabama campaign chairman, I found this link to a news release on the site. A few minutes after I posted the article, “McCain’s Alabama Chairman Reportedly Outed – Attorney General Troy King Has a Record of Homophobic Rhetoric,” a commenter let me know that McCain webpage was blank.

A search on the campaign site for “Troy King” returned no results, however if you Google “Troy King” and “John McCain

I happened to still have the page open, so made the capture of it above. The news release was just a run-of-the-mill announcement from January of the Alabamians named by McCain to his “leadership team” in the state. Here’s the text:

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2008 Contact: Press Office
703-650-5550

John McCain 2008 Announces Alabama Leadership Team

ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign today announced its Alabama Leadership Team. United States Congressman Spencer Bachus will serve as the Southeastern United States Congressional Chair of the McCain campaign. Alabama Attorney General Troy King will serve as Chair of the McCain 2008 Alabama campaign. Representative Bachus and Attorney General King will continue to lead the growing grassroots organization on behalf of John McCain’s candidacy in Alabama.

“Lots of candidates talk about the issues important to conservatives. But, only one candidate has a record to back up his rhetoric, and that’s John McCain,” said Congressman Spencer Bachus. “For twenty-four years, John McCain has taken bold positions on the cornerstone conservative issues of life, marriage, and limited government. It is with pride and gratitude that I am supporting my friend, John McCain for president.”

“John McCain is the best hope for conservatives to succeed in November,” said Attorney General Troy King. “He is a principled conservative with a clear record of supporting a strong national defense, fighting for fiscal responsibility, and defending the sanctity of life. John McCain has served our country his entire life, and I am honored to lead his efforts here in Alabama.”

John McCain thanked the leadership of his Alabama campaign. “As a representative in the United States Congress, Spencer has displayed his commitment to the people of Alabama,” said Senator McCain. “Troy is an outstanding public servant and passionate advocate for the rule of law. Both of these men are dedicated to the principles of limited government and traditional values that we share. I’m proud to have Republican leaders and dedicated public servants like Spencer Bachus and Troy King leading my campaign to victory in Alabama.”

JOHN MCCAIN 2008 ALABAMA LEADERSHIP TEAM

Southeastern United States Congressional Chair
Congressman Spencer Bachus, Birmingham

State Chair
Attorney General Troy King, Montgomery

Honorary Chair
Former Alabama GOP Chairman Winton Blount, Montgomery

Legislators for McCain Co-Chairs
State Senator Ben Brooks, Mobile
State Representative Cam Ward, Alabaster

Legislator for McCain
State Representative Warren Beck, Geneva
State Representative Randy Davis, Daphne
State Representative Owen Drake, Leeds
State Representative Joe Faust, Fairhope
State Senator Steve French, Birmingham
State Representative Todd Greeson, Ider
State Representative Mike Hill, Columbiana
State Representative Jim McClendon, Springville
State Representative Allen Treadaway, Morris
State Representative Jack Williams, Birmingham

Veteran Chair
Don Fisher, Montgomery

Veteran Co-Chairs
Roland Day, Birmingham
Gen. Charles Ingram, Troy
Capt. Hal Pierce, Daphne

Mayoral Chair
Mayor Pat Thomas, Dothan

Mayoral Co-Chairs
Mayor Sheldon Day, Thomasville
Mayor Tim Kant, Fairhope

Lawyers for McCain Co-Chairs
Judge Terry Butts, Luverne
Matt Lembke, Birmingham

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Los Angeles Times: Outside her Bel-Air home, Nancy Reagan stood arm in arm with John McCain and offered a significant — but less than exuberant — endorsement.

“Ronnie and I always waited until everything was decided, and then we endorsed,” the Republican matriarch said in March. “Well, obviously this is the nominee of the party.” They were the only words she would speak during the five-minute photo op.

In a written statement, she described McCain as “a good friend for over 30 years.” But that friendship was strained in the late 1970s by McCain’s decision to divorce his first wife, Carol, who was particularly close to the Reagans, and within weeks marry Cindy Hensley, the young heiress to a lucrative Arizona beer distributorship.

The Reagans rushed to help Carol, finding her a new home in Southern California with the family of Reagan aide Edwin Meese III and a series of political and White House jobs to ease her through that difficult time.

McCain, who is about to become the GOP nominee, has made several statements about how he divorced Carol and married Hensley that conflict with the public record.

In his 2002 memoir, “Worth the Fighting For,” McCain wrote that he had separated from Carol before he began dating Hensley.

“I spent as much time with Cindy in Washington and Arizona as our jobs would allow,” McCain wrote. “I was separated from Carol, but our divorce would not become final until February of 1980.”

An examination of court documents tells a different story. McCain did not sue his wife for divorce until Feb. 19, 1980, and he wrote in his court petition that he and his wife had “cohabited” until Jan. 7 of that year — or for the first nine months of his relationship with Hensley.

Although McCain suggested in his autobiography that months passed between his divorce and remarriage, the divorce was granted April 2, 1980, and he wed Hensley in a private ceremony five weeks later. McCain obtained an Arizona marriage license on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to his first wife.

Until McCain filed for divorce, the Reagans and their inner circle assumed he was happily married, and they were stunned to learn otherwise, according to several close aides.

“Everybody was upset with him,” recalled Nancy Reynolds, a top aide to the former president who introduced him to McCain.

By contrast, some of McCain’s friends, including the Senate aide who was at the reception where McCain first met Hensley, believed he was separated at that time.

Albert “Pete” Lakeland, the aide who was with McCain at the reception in Hawaii in April 1979, said of the introduction to Hensley: “It was like he was struck by Cupid’s arrow. He was just enormously smitten.”

As the pair began dating, Lakeland allowed them to spend a weekend together at his summer home in Maryland, he said.

The senator has acknowledged that he behaved badly, and that his swift divorce and remarriage brought a cold shoulder from the Reagans that lasted years.

In a recent interview, McCain said he did not want to revisit the breakup of his marriage. “I have a very good relationship with my first wife,” he said. In his autobiography, he wrote: “My marriage’s collapse was attributable to my own selfishness and immaturity. The blame was entirely mine.”

Tucker Bounds, a McCain campaign spokesman, said: “Of course we will not comment on the breakup of the senator’s first marriage, other than to note that the senator has always taken responsibility for it.”

Carol McCain did not respond to a request for an interview.

About all she has ever said is this to McCain biographer Robert Timberg: “John was turning 40 and wanting to be 25 again.”

After leaving the White House, Carol McCain worked in press relations in the Washington area, retiring about five years ago after working for the National Soft Drink Assn. She now lives in Virginia Beach, Va., and has not remarried. She has two sons from an earlier marriage: Andy, a vice president at Cindy McCain’s beer distributorship, and Doug, a commercial airline pilot.

Carol and John McCain had a daughter, Sidney, who works in the music industry in Canada.

John McCain, who calls himself “a foot soldier in the Reagan revolution,” said in his memoir: “My divorce from Carol, whom the Reagans loved, caused a change in our relationship. Nancy . . . was particularly upset with me and treated me on the few occasions we encountered each other after I came to Congress with a cool correctness that made her displeasure clear.

“I had, of course, deserved the change in our relationship.”

Joanne Drake, spokeswoman for Nancy Reagan, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The first Mrs. McCain

McCain met Carol Shepp through a mutual friend and fellow midshipman at the Naval Academy, from which McCain graduated in 1958. That friend, Alasdair E. Swanson, married her in 1958. In the early 1960s, the Swansons lived in Pensacola, Fla., where Alasdair Swanson and McCain served as Navy pilots.

But that marriage ended in June 1964 after Carol sued for divorce, alleging that her husband had been unfaithful.

According to McCain, he started seeing Carol shortly afterward. They were married in Philadelphia, her hometown, in July 1965. McCain adopted her two sons, and they had a daughter together. Then in October 1967, McCain’s plane was shot down and he was captured by the North Vietnamese.

She became active in the POW-MIA movement. A former model, she dedicated herself to her children and kept the family together, friends said, while awaiting his return.

“She had the perseverance to carry on,” said Melinda Fitzwater, a cousin of McCain’s who later worked with Carol McCain at the White House. “She had a little baby and small kids. She was a great, unique person.”

On Christmas Eve 1969, while she was driving alone in Philadelphia, Carol McCain’s car skidded and struck a utility pole. Thrown into the snow, she broke both legs, an arm and her pelvis. She was operated on a dozen times, and in the treatment she lost about 5 inches in height.

After John McCain was released in March 1973 and returned to the U.S., he told friends that Carol was not the woman he had married.

Reynolds, working for then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan, said she first met the couple in San Francisco at a reception for ex-prisoners. She later introduced them to the Reagans at their home in Pacific Palisades.

“They were just an attractive couple,” Reynolds said. “The Reagans had great admiration and respect for John.”

In 1974, Reagan invited McCain to speak at a governor’s prayer breakfast in Sacramento. The former prisoner of war told the story of a fellow captive who had scratched a prayer on a cell wall. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were reduced to tears. It was “the most moving speech I had ever heard,” Reynolds said.

In the next few years, family and friends said, there was no sign that McCain was unhappy in his marriage. Fitzwater recalled visiting the family on Thanksgivings, and McCain seemed content barbecuing a turkey on his outdoor grill near Jacksonville, Fla.

Navy officers in the squadron McCain commanded in 1977 said they did not know anything was wrong. “When I went to parties at their home, everything seemed fine,” said Mike Akin, a naval flying instructor. “They seemed to be a happily married couple.”

But two years later, while on a trip as a Navy liaison with the Senate, McCain spied Hensley at the Honolulu reception. In a recent television interview with Jay Leno on the “Tonight Show,” Cindy McCain joked about how the Navy captain had pursued her. “He kind of chased me around . . . the hors d’oeuvre table,” she said. “I was trying to get something to eat and I thought, ‘This guy’s kind of weird.’ I was kind of trying to get away from him.”

John McCain was 42; she was 24. During the next nine months, he would fly to Arizona or she would come to the Washington area, where McCain and Carol had a home.

Carol McCain later told friends, including Reynolds and Fitzwater, that she did not know he was seeing anyone else.

John McCain sued for divorce in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where his friend and fellow former POW, George E. “Bud” Day, practiced law and could represent him.

In the petition, he stated that the couple had “cohabited as husband and wife” until Jan. 7, 1980.

His wife did not contest the divorce, and Day said that the couple had reached an agreement in advance on support and division of property. By then she was living in La Mesa, in San Diego County, with the family of Meese, a close Reagan aide and future attorney general.

“We knew John and Carol both since he came back from Hanoi in 1973,” Meese said recently. “They have been friends of ours ever since.

“She was with us for maybe four or five months. Their daughter and our daughter were friends, and they went to school together.”

Carol McCain was distraught at being blindsided by her husband’s intention to end their marriage, said her friends in the Reagan circle.

“They [the Reagans] weren’t happy with him,” Fitzwater said. Carol McCain “was this little, frail person. . . . She was brokenhearted.”

By that time, Nancy Reagan had come to Carol McCain’s aid, hiring her as a press assistant in the 1980 presidential campaign.

When the Reagans moved to Washington, she was named director of the White House Visitors Office.

“Nancy Reagan was crazy about her,” Reynolds said. “But everybody was crazy about Carol McCain. . . . And the Meeses were very generous and helpful and comforting to her.”

Fitzwater said that living in Southern California and working on the Reagan campaign helped Carol McCain move past the loss of her marriage.

“It was perfect for her. She was traveling, and it took her mind off a very, very sad time for her.”

Red State Update takes up the subject of John McCain’s rumored marriage infidelities.

John McCain, speaking at a townhall meeting in December 2007.

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CRIST TO MARRY!?!?: Florida’s most powerful bachelor is getting hitched.

Gov. Charlie Crist, single for nearly three decades, on Thursday morning became engaged to his girlfriend of nine months, Carole Rome.

“She’s special in every way. She’s brilliant, beautiful and sweet. I’m very, very lucky,” Crist told the St. Petersburg Times in an exclusive interview.

“PREGNANT MAN” THOMAS BEATIE GIVES BIRTH

Thomas Beatie, the transgender man who made headlines as the so-called “pregnant man,” gave birth Sunday to a healthy baby girl, ABC News has learned.

CONSERVATIVE ICON JESSE HELMS DEAD

Jesse Helms, the firebrand United States senator whose outspoken, conservative views polarized North Carolina and U.S. voters for decades, died at 1:15 a.m. Friday in Raleigh, according to John Dodd, president of the Jesse Helms Center.

ANNIE LENNOX JOINS LATEST RUMOR MILL ON QUANTUM OF SOLACE THEME SONG

With recent rumors swirling around Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Jack White and Duran Duran, now you can add Annie Lennox to the mix of artists who will potentially lend vocals to the theme of the 22nd and latest James Bond film, “Quantum of Solace.”

NATIONAL SPEED LIMIT TO HELP SAVE GAS?

Retiring Sen. John Warner (R-VA) has a rather stupid idea to help save costs. By adding another band-aid to our addiction to oil, by creating a national 55mph speed limit, instead of creating real change.

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We all know the rest of the world just loves Barack Obama. They certainly have a more positive impression of him than John McCain. But even more interesting is this gem: Canada likes Barack Obama more than their own leaders…

A new poll suggests Canadians would prefer to vote for Barack Obama rather cast a ballot for their own political leaders, while 45 per cent of Americans envy Canada’s health care system. The bi-national survey, conducted by the Strategic Counsel for CTV and The Globe and Mail, showed that here in Canada, Obama was more admired than Prime Minister Stephen Harper — or any other national leader.

General Wesley Clark, a potential veep for Barack Obama, is pulling out the big guns in going after John McCain and his heavily touted military experience.

McCain frequently points out that he led “the largest squadron in the U.S. Navy,” but Clark said on CBS television that that was not enough to support a claim to the presidency.

“He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall” as a wartime commander, the general said on CBS. Clark is mentioned as a possible Obama running mate, although he originally supported Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

When the interviewer, Bob Schieffer, noted to Clark that McCain had been shot down over Hanoi, Clark replied, “I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

I seriously don’t understand how any member of the LGBT community could support John McCain.

Oh, please, dear God. Let’s not…

Telegraph: A former head of Mossad has warned that Israel has 12 months in which to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme or risk coming under nuclear attack itself. He also hinted that Israel might have to act sooner if Barack Obama wins the US presidential election.

Shabtai Shavit, an influential adviser to the Israeli parliament’s defence and foreign affairs committee, told The Sunday Telegraph that time was running out to prevent Iran’s leaders getting the bomb.

Mr Shavit, who retired from the Israeli intelligence agency in 1996, warned that he had no doubt Iran intended to use a nuclear weapon once it had the capability, and that Israel must conduct itself accordingly.

“The time that is left to be ready is getting shorter all the time,” he said in an interview. CONTINUE READING

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This is downright crazy. Walnuts McCain, who owns ten houses, and whose wife is worth millions… is carrying a six-figure credit card debt. Not to mention he neglected to pay property taxes on his California home for 4 YEARS! Or that his economic advisor was a key player in the subprime mortgage meltdown. And don’t even think about asking him what the price of gasoline is, or why it matters. (Hat tip to Mooncat at leftinalabama.com)

Washington Post: The e-mail landed in Danielle Allen’s queue one winter morning as she was studying in her office at the Institute for Advanced Study, the renowned haven for some of the nation’s most brilliant minds. The missive began: “THIS DEFINITELY WARRANTS LOOKING INTO.” CONTINUE READING

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Telegraph: Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is to fly to Britain next month as part of an ambitious foreign trip that will also take him to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to France and Germany.

Only skeleton details of Mr Obama’s trip have been agreed but an announcement of an outline programme is expected over the weekend.

“You will be hearing something very soon,” a senior Obama aide told The Telegraph.

During Mr Obama’s visit to Britain, likely to take place around the middle of July, he will call on Gordon Brown and, if time permits, David Cameron, the Conservative leader.

A fundraising event to attract campaign donations from wealthy Americans is also understood to be under consideration.

A recent Telegraph poll showed that Mr Obama is overwhelmingly preferred to Mr McCain in Britain and Europe.

Three times as many Britons said they would vote for him as those who indicated they would back Mr McCain, if able to cast a vote in the US election.

But Democratic strategists are concerned that scenes of “Obamamania” in Europe could damage the candidate back home.

In 2004, John Kerry, the Democratic nominee, was mocked for “looking French” while in 2000, George W Bush turned his relative lack of foreign travel into a political asset.

Mr Obama, 46, has not been to Iraq since 2004, a fact that his opponent John McCain, 71, the presumptive Republican nominee and a regular visitor to Baghdad, points out frequently.

His extensive foreign trip – unusual at the height of a presidential campaign – is designed to burnish his comparatively thin foreign policy credentials.

The Illinois senator met Mr Brown for the first time in April at the British Embassy, when the Prime Minister also received calls from Mr McCain and Hillary Clinton, who was them still battling for the Democratic nomination.

Mr Obama has visited Downing Street once briefly during a congressional trip.

On a previous trip to Britain in 1996, he was a guest at the wedding of his half-sister Auma, who has since moved back to Kenya, in Bracknell and went his brother-in-law’s stag night in Wokingham.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has already invited Mr Obama to visit the Elysee Palace and Downing Street aides are understood to be pushing for him to stop in London before Paris as a signal that he considers Britain to be America’s pre-eminent ally.

Politico: Obama’s advance staff is very good at the visuals, and the Unity event is flawless on TV.

Even better: It’s dominating the news cycle without making any news.

And that’s one of the key things Hillary (and Bill) bring to Obama: Whenever he wants to deliver some unadulterated message to the American people, he just needs to drag one of them up on stage beside him and wait for the cameras.

Ironically, the reason the Clinton-Obama pairing is so compelling is largely because of the — vastly overplayed — notion that there’s some question of whether the Clintons really support him, whether they’ll show up, whether you’ll be able to see their fingers crossed when they’re talking. It offers an odd-couple dynamic, and a reason to tune in, for what you’re seeing today: “It’s fitting that we meet in a place called Unity.”

Obama had warm praise for her and seemed to go off his prepared remarks in a couple of places.

“She rocks. She rocks. That’s the point I’m trying to make,” he said in response to a shout from the crowd. Later, he said, “I still don’t know how she does it in heels.”

Politics1: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton hold their first unity event on Friday in — fittingly — Unity, New Hampshire. Also, conservative columnist Robert Novak reports that former Secretary of State Colin Powell is poised to break with GOP and endorse Obama for President some time this summer. Meanwhile, here are the latest independent polls from swing states:

COLORADO (Quinnipiac University): Obama – 49%, McCain – 44%.
MICHIGAN (Quinnipiac University): Obama – 48%, McCain – 42%.
MINNESOTA (Quinnipiac University): Obama – 54%, McCain – 37%.

MISSISSIPPI (Rasmussen): McCain 50%, Obama – 44%.
TENNESSEE (Rasmussen): McCain 51%, Obama – 36%.

TEXAS (Texas Lyceum): McCain – 43%, Obama – 38%.
WISCONSIN (Quinnipiac University): Obama – 52%, McCain – 39%.

U.S. SENATE:

COLORADO (Quinnipiac University): Mark Udall (D) – 48%, Bob Schaffer (R) – 38%.
MINNESOTA (Quinnipiac University): Norm Coleman (R) – 51%, Al Franken (D) – 41%.
MISSISSIPPI – REGULAR ELECTION (Rasmussen): Thad Cochran (R) – 59%, Erik Fleming (D) – 32%.
MISSISSIPPI – SPECIAL ELECTION (Rasmussen): Roger Wicker (R) – 48%, Ronnie Musgrove (D) – 47%.
NEW JERSEY (Fairleigh Dickinson University): Frank Lautenberg (D) – 48%, Dick Zimmer (R) – 28%.
TEXAS (Texas Lyceum): John Cornyn (R) – 38%, Rick Noriega (D) – 36%.

Me thinks he did.

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Much has been made of Barack Obama’s comments that he would talk to our enemies, pivoting as a policy shift of not even acknowledging the mere existence of the original Axis of Evil (Iran, Iraq and North Korea) and certainly not negotiating with them to change their policies. Since we’ve effectively blown Iraq to pieces, potentially taking North Korea off the list with this policy change today leaves only Iran as the Axis of Evil in today’s world.

The Bush Administration is chomping at the bit to bomb Iran before January, and if they do, there will be hell to pay. In the early 1950s, the U.S. sought to have better relations with the leadership of Iran, so we took it upon ourselves to stage a coup and insert a more America-friendly leader, the Shah. This action ultimately turned a generation of Iranians against the U.S. – or, as Ron Paul would call it, blowback – and led to the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979 and the ultimate overthrow of the Shah, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Now, with tensions increasing again, and with a new generation of Iranians having a negative view of the U.S., what would happen if the U.S. were to bomb Iran? And what would be the Iranian response?If we bomb Iran, we’ve literally screwed ourselves.

TPM: President Bush announces at a press conference this morning that he will be lifting sanctions on North Korea and may shortly remove them from the “Axis of Evil”:

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This hilarious Madonna spoof aired Wednesday on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, as part of Stephen Colbert’s John McCain Green Screen Challenge.

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AZCentral.com: The Arizona State Senate has rejected a proposal that would have asked voters to amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage.

The 14-11 vote fell two votes shy of what was required to send the proposal to the November ballot. Senators later voted to reconsider the measure at another unspecified date.

The proposal would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Supporters say the proposal would provide additional legal protection needed to prevent marriage from being redefined by a court or future lawmakers.

Opponents argued that the existing law makes the amendment unnecessary and that it insults gays and represents an attempt to exploit marriage for political purposes.

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AMERICAblog:

“John Mccain is aware of the Internet” – McCain campaign Internet strategist Mark Soohoo.

Not if you have to say it. Not to mention, “is aware” is the way you describe someone in a coma. “Suzie is aware of her surroundings.”

John McCain’s Internet guy for his campaign was at a conference in NYC this week, and he was asked how well John McCain understands the Internet. This was his response:

Pressed again on McCain’s tech savvy, he defends his candidate.

“You don’t actually have to use a computer to understand how it shapes the country,” he says.

“You actually do,” former Edwards blogger Tracy Russo responds, suggesting he try to explain Twitter to his grandmother and then ask her how that applies to governing.

“John McCain is aware of the Internet,” says Soohoo. “This is a man who has a very long history of understanding on a range of issues.”

He’s aware of the Internet? But he doesn’t actually know how to use a computer. My mom and dad know how to use a computer, and they’re older than McCain. This is what we’ve been noting for a while: John McCain isn’t just 72 (almost), he’s a very old 72.

And another thing. What is this with calling McCain “John McCain”? I worked on the Hill in the early 90s, and I noticed how in some offices they referred to the boss by his or her full name. Here’s what I mean. Say you work for John McCain and someone asks you, “Is Senator McCain aware of the Internet?” Your responses might be:

1. He is aware of the Internet.
2. Senator McCain is aware of the Internet.
3. The Senator is aware of the Internet.
4. McCain is aware of the Internet.
5. My boss is aware of the Internet.

The answer normal people don’t give is: John McCain is aware of the Internet.

Normal people don’t refer to their boss by his full name in this context. It’s forced, and it’s not a normal English construction. Try it yourself. It’s a rather nuanced lesson in language, but have someone ask you a question about your boss, by name, and practice the various answers. It’s not normal, or comfortable, to use your boss’ full name when answering the question. It’s forced – and it’s oddly regal, akin to the royal “we” or to people who refer to themselves by their own full name (like me writing “let me tell you, John Aravosis doesn’t like what this staffer said”). I noticed twenty years ago that this is something some people do on the Hill. It’s a sign, I’ve always thought, of a bit of a cult of personality in that particular office, and it’s usually because it’s something the boss himself cultivates.

Obama and McCain

Los Angeles Times: Buoyed by enthusiasm among Democrats and public concern over the economy, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has taken a sizable lead over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the opening of the general election campaign for president, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.

In a two-man race between the major-party candidates, registered voters chose Obama over McCain by 49% to 37% in the national poll, conducted Thursday through Monday.