Opening the Day: McCain's Supposed Clean Bill of Health

by: Matt Stoller

Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:50


I'm curious about the release of McCain's medical records.  He's a 71 year old guy with three bouts of cancer, and yet the AP is saying he has a clean bill of health.  Maybe that's true.  But isn't the story really as follows?

The campaign is allowing a small pool of reporters (including NBC) access to McCain's medical records from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm ET in a conference room at the Copper Wind Resort in Phoenix. The reporters are allowed to take notes but not remove or photocopy the records.

  • Halliburton contacted Congressional candidate Jared Polis in CO-02.  Polis has been sharply critical of the company, and the company's letter calls Halliburton 'an American success story'.

  • McCain says that immigration reform must be a top priority.

    In yet another sign of his pivoting toward the general election, Senator John McCain said at a roundtable with business leaders here today that comprehensive immigration reform should be a top priority for the next president.

    In other news, SEIU is blasting McCain's recent health care proposal and McCain's health checks out, if you believe a cloistered set of reporters who got to review 1000 pages of medical records for a few hours.

  • Leslie Byrne and Gerald Connolly are neck and neck in VA-11, with the latest polling showing Connolly leading Byrne 37-34.

  • Democrats Work and Wes Clark are teaming up with the program 'Serve with a General'.  They will go to one Congressional district and jointly do a community service event.  You can help pick the district here.

  • Comcast and Cox filtering the internet and blocking file sharing traffic might be a felony.

  • Michigan Liberal criticizes the DNC and the Michigan Democratic Party for violating their charter and refusing to hear complaints about seating the Michigan delegation.  Michigan Liberal is the blog not given credentials to the convention, because of this legacy of holding the party accountable.

  • Housing prices continue to plummet.

  • Ned Lamont talks about Ted Kennedy.

    It was towards the end of the campaign in 2006 and we were running well back in the polls. Bill Clinton and Karl Rove, the leaders of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce - they had all lined up behind incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman. Then we received a call that Senator Ted Kennedy wanted us to join him at a rally at a senior center in Bridgeport.

  • Coal Is Dirty from DeSmogBlog launches to take on the myth of 'clean coal'.

  • Lots of rumors about Hillary as VP, nothing credible.  One of the annoying parts of dealing with the VP game is that it's basically a choice by one man, Barack Obama, and yet he has hundreds of people around his campaign who play themselves off as 'senior' and pass rumors to each other and the press.  And this isn't just about feeling important, it's about running a campaign for their preferred VP pick.  I've heard a lot of rumors about Chuck Hagel, for instance, but there are a good number of Hagel boosters in the Democratic foreign policy establishment for a lot of (good and bad) reasons.

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McCain's Preacher Problems (0.00 / 0)
Encouraging that the M$M is taking some note of these:

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com...

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/...

I also caught the tail end of a discussion on CNN yesterday evening.  

Although I doubt this issue will ever rise to the level of the "rev Wright" story, at least in terms of the volume of coverage, the fact that McCain has been forced to reject the endorsements, and that Hagee has publically withdrawn his endorsement may drive a wedge between McCain and the christian fundamentalists.  


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


About the procedure for reviewing the health records (0.00 / 0)
What I would like to know is whether the procedures McCain has set forth for reviewing his health records is consistent with what other candidates have done in the past.

Someone told me that a similar procedure was followed by John Kerry, who once had prostate cancer.

I would have expected some discussion like this, but perhaps it has not occurred because most candidates do follow this approach?


A Small Pool Of Reporters??? (0.00 / 0)
None of those troublemakers otherwise known as "Doctors", who actually might be able to understand what the reporters are looking at?

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

There was one Dr. .. supposedly .. (0.00 / 0)
I believe CNN was sending Sanjay Gupta .. as the CNN rep. to look at them ... but I doubt even he(the CNN hack he is) could sift through all of the pages in 3 hours

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Well, That's Better Than Nothing (0.00 / 0)
Good for CNN!

But you're absolutely right.  It's a ridiculous setup that's designed to conceal, not reveal.

If they want to maintain privacy, have an independent team of doctors examine his records with no time constraint.  Them have them meet with the reporters in an all-day session, at the same time they are free to see all the records for themselves.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3


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For what its worth (4.00 / 1)
The story I heard on NPR this morning said that a team of doctors from the Scotsdale Mayo Clinic - where he gets his check-ups - will be holding a Q&A session on the report today.

Haven't seen, or heard anything more than that, however.

Hard to ask substantive questions when you haven't had a chance to look over the records in detail, anyway.


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


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VP Rumors (0.00 / 0)
I must disagree with you about the sourcing of these rumors. All of the supposed information is coming from Clinton campaign and surrogates. Nothing out of the Obama camp except Axelrod stating "no talks."

ok, the timing makes no sense, 10am-1pm EST on the health records? (4.00 / 1)
It's 12:08pm EST right now in Detroit.  When I got into work this morning at about 8:30am, THE McCAIN CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH STORY HAD HIT YAHOO NEWS THROUGH AP BY AROUND 9AM.  Now, this was all done in Arizona, so we're actually talking 6am PST.  I think the AP reporter who put out that story is part of McCain's base and got some good eatin' at the barbeque.  I smelled a rat when the medical records were coming out on document dump Friday, another when the VP meeting at the ranch story came out, another one when only a 'pool' of reporters could see the 1,700 pages of documents in 3 hours and now another when the release of the story seems to precede the actual time permitted for the viewing.  The whole thing stinks to high heaven.  I hope KO is on the job tonite.

Yep, this story POSTED at about 10:10amEST (4.00 / 1)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...

So, how exactly was the reporter able review the docs AND write this story in 10 minutes?  It's ALL BULLSHIT!


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