Time to Grill McCain! A 10-Point Plan

Where the Republican is most vulnerable
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 2:49 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, May 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – It’s heading for general election time, and Adam Reilly of the Boston Phoenix wants the press to wake up and start laying in to McCain. Here’s how:

  • The economy. McCain reportedly said he “doesn’t really understand economics” in January. Has he boned up since then?
  • Islam. The candidate doesn’t seem to understand the difference between Sunni and Shia, and has said he’d tell the sects to “stop the bullshit.”

  • Money and politics. Is he a hypocrite on his signature issue?
  • His pastors. Mac hasn’t had to disown Parsley, Hagee, or Falwell. Does he agree with their views?
  • Misogyny. He’s made off-color jokes about Chelsea Clinton and Janet Reno, and reportedly used the C-word to describe his wife. What gives?
  • His age. Is McCain fit to serve? Doctors are withholding his records.
  • Iran. Will the GOPer act unilaterally against Teheran?
  • Global warming. If the issue is such a priority, how will he justify appointing conservative judges?
  • Pork. While he was chair, the Commerce Committee set unauthorized appropriations records.
  • Character. He left his ex-wife when she needed him and has been crude about the Vietnamese.