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McCain, on Daily Show, Runs Through Runningmate Options

By Juliet Eilperin
NEW YORK -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) defended his attacks against Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) during his appearance tonight on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and suggested he might pick a fictional character from NBC's "The Office" as his vice president.

Marking his 13th appearance on the show, McCain parried with Stewart on questions ranging from his Secret Service detail to his relationship with President Bush. The senator joked that he decided to announce his vice presidential choice on tonight's show: Dwight Schrute, the assistant to the regional manager (or "assistant regional manager," if you ask Schrute) in the Scranton branch of the faux Dunder Mifflin paper company.

"You heard it here first: Dwight Schrute," he declared.

In response, Stewart offered an alternate possible running mate: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). "If you chose Senator Hillary Clinton, you would win this election," the talk show host said. "Don't you think that's a great idea?"

"That's one I've never contemplated," McCain said, demurring when Stewart encouraged him to say on air that he would entertain the possibility of putting the Democratic presidential hopeful on the GOP ticket.

At points Stewart pressed the presumptive Republican nominee on more serious points, alluding to the fact that McCain had suggested in a fundraising letter that the Mideast terrorist group Hamas had endorsed Obama. McCain defended tying Obama to Hamas, saying, "The spokesperson said that."

"And you take Hamas at their word," Stewart observed dryly.

When Stewart drew comparisons between Obama's controversial relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and McCain's ties to someone the host described as first "a religious zealot" and then "a religious person": President Bush.

"Will you take the opportunity to repudiate and denounce President Bush?" he asked, prompting a thunderous round of applause from the audience.

McCain passed on the opportunity, saying that while he differed with the president on federal spending, climate change and the strategy the administration had pursued in Iraq for several years, he also agreed with him on several issues. "I think the president's poll numbers are obvious," he said. "I have to run my campaign."

The senator seemed at ease throughout the two-part interview, pretending to walk off at one point and, during a commercial break, urging Stewart to eject members of his traveling press who were seated in the audience's front row. (Stewart let them stay.)

For the most part Stewart -- who skewered Bill and Hillary Clinton, Obama and television pundits during the first segment of the show, under the heading "The long, flat, seemingly endless Bataan Death March to the White House" -- took it easy on McCain, joking about the code name the Secret Service must use for him.

"My name is Jerk," McCain said.

Stewart wasn't satisfied with the supposed moniker. "McDreamy?" he inquired. "How about Grumpelstiltskin?"

At times the senator reverted to his usual stump speech, saying that when his candidacy ran into trouble last year it reminded him of the famous saying of Chairman Mao, "It's always darkest before it's totally black."

"I remember getting that in one of my fortune cookies," Stewart responded.

And when McCain turned more somber at times, saying, "It feels really incredible, in all seriousness, to receive the nomination of the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan," Stewart was having none of it.

"You know those guys aren't around anymore, right?"

Posted at 7:36 PM ET on May 7, 2008
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Posted by: Chris | May 19, 2008 12:46 PM

Woof. Scientology sucks. Can we all agree on that?

Posted by: Paul | May 10, 2008 6:43 PM

Dwight WAS Assistant to the Regional Manager, but got promoted to Assistant Regional Manager after losing to Michael in karate. Jim is now the Assistant Regional Manager, and according to Dwight's authority flowchart, he is "Original Assistant Regional Manager"

Posted by: Mark | May 9, 2008 1:36 PM

I just ordered a sweet Dwight Schrute for President shirt from www.PantherTees.com. They have tons of stuff from The Office. They said not to tell anyone, but here is a 10% discount code, "pts10" (it's case sensitive, so copy and paste it). Enjoy!

Posted by: B-fizzle | May 9, 2008 10:18 AM

Big John: Please address the current issues: Identity theft. When a company goes bankrupt it should not be allowed to give its executives big bonuses. When a corporate raider takes over a company, employee benefits should be off limits. When a baby is born in the U. S. to foreign parents, it should not automatically be a U. S. citizen. All of us Americans are now tithing a tenth of our income to OPEC and to U. S. petroleum company executives.
John: Please address these issues.

Posted by: JerryH | May 8, 2008 11:45 PM

Jim Steele:

Were you just as outraged when Teresa Heinz-Kerry refused to release her tax return?

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 7:27 PM

Can we elect McCain as president without having Cindy McCain as the first lady. All the presidents so far have filed joint returns and have released their tax returns. If Cindy McCain does not want to release her tax return, she has something to hide. The story that they have filed separate returns for the past 28 years so that she can keep her wealth separate and hidden from John McCain puts a monkey wrench into our presidency. If John and Cindy had kept separate lifestyles, and kept everything separate, how can we elect John McCain and automatically offer the first lady post to Cindy.

The right thing for Cindy to do is release their prenup so that people can decide whether she is fit to be a first lady. I do not want my kids to vote for somebody not knowing whether their wife has a hidden agenda that conflicts with that of the president. So far she has left a life shrouded in mystery. No wonder McCain gets all rowdy and short tempered around her.

Posted by: Jim Steele | May 8, 2008 6:55 PM

As an American, I feel confident knowing McCain will be able to take that 3am call.

McCain will be up at that hour trying to pee.

Posted by: Jake | May 8, 2008 4:19 PM

Looks like the WaPo website is gradually falling apart at the seams. First one of their idiot Web "gurus" has miscoded something so that anyone using a Mac sees the text on this and many other pages as one giant link to another story, and now another moron (or perhaps the same one?) reversed the chronology of the Comments section so that we have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and read UP if we want to follow the various convos taking place here. This is asinine.

Posted by: whatmeregister | May 8, 2008 2:42 PM


Jon Stewart was snidely snotty to McCain last night. In two instances.

At least the McCain people in the front row and the press corps thought so.

It was still friendly, but there was that edge, not there before, and McCain was a dolt.

Posted by: got it | May 8, 2008 2:41 PM

Mary, you elitist snot. My goat has more brains than you. Well read does not mean intelligent. What did Reagan do to you anyway, other than increase your work to welfare checks. Why don't you lexis nexis my ass.

Posted by: Snobalert | May 8, 2008 2:21 PM

Mary, you elitist snot. My goat has more brains than you. Well read does not mean intellegent. What did Reagan do to you anyway, other than increase your work to welfare checks. Why don't you lexis nexis my ass.

Posted by: Snobalert | May 8, 2008 2:20 PM

What is it about you idiots that you don't get about McCain? Just Google McCain {or LexisNexis} about his platform from 2000. Then compare that platform with this one, 2008. I truly believe if it's not just plain greed, then it is the on set of Alzhiemers. Remember Reagan? One of the worst Presidents in recent history? He had Alzhiemers the whole 8 years that he was in office. You stupid rednecks are the ones that vote for the absolutly WORST ones. They are the ones who are lying and hurting you the most. Not one of them can give a straight answer to a straight question. Then, like Bush and Cheney, and even Nixon, they lie and say everything is a State Secret when it has nothing to do about State Secrets. Only to protect their evil ass. Maybe if you would pick up a few books once in a while, you'd learn something. And I don't mean "My Pet Goat" either.

Posted by: mary beaulieu | May 8, 2008 2:03 PM

Thanks for the update, ChrisFritz.

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 1:48 PM

"I watch 'The Colbert Report' personally, so can any regular 'Jon Stewart' viewer confirm that McCain was just 'at ease' in his prior 12 appearances?"

-JakeD

Why yes Jake, I can answer that question. With the notable exception of his 11th visit (the one where the two debated the pre-surge Iraq War), McCain's and Stewart's relationship has always been very laid back and casual. They tend to mostly horse around with maybe one or two serious questions being asked. It has always been obvious to me that despite their obvious political differences, Stewart and McCain have a very friendly relationship. Last night's interview was about on par with McCain's previous appearances on the Daily Show, which to me is a good sign. I was worried that the Republican nomination might change McCain's attitude toward the show. I was impressed that he not only came on, but also appeared to pretty much be the same guy. Personally, I am leaning toward Obama, but I will be perfectly content if McCain were to win in November. I do not agree with most of his views, but the fact that he actually listens to dissenting views is a very positive step away from our current president.

Posted by: ChrisFritz | May 8, 2008 1:33 PM

Perhaps you think the "questions" asked on SNL were too tough as well?

e.g. "Are you mad at me?"

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 1:24 PM

Roofelstoon:

"Will you take the opportunity to repudiate and denounce President Bush?" is a much tougher question than any posed to Barack HUSSEIN Obama during any of the Democratic Debates ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 1:21 PM

Back on topic:

I watch "The Colbert Report" personally, so can any regular "Jon Stewart" viewer confirm that McCain was just "at ease" in his prior 12 appearances?

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 12:35 PM

Oh Geez! I would have to Capitalize my Typo!

Liver=Live!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 8, 2008 12:27 PM

Rocky wrote: "obama is a racist, his wife hates america and is a racist".

That's like the pot calling the kettle black, isn't it, rocky? rocky, have you ever met the man? sat down with him, across a table, at a breakfast counter, on a bar stool? ever listen to stories about the man from people that worked with him, went to school with him? do you know the man was born by, and raised by, a white mother that was born in kansas? have you had a discussion about this with any of your black friends? what? don't have any blacks friends? hmmmmm... i wonder why that is, rocky.

rocky, go ahead and continue to spew these extreme right-wing radio talkshow soundbites. they show that you have no real arguement or real facts to back up your claims.

Posted by: factory worker, wv | May 8, 2008 12:27 PM

I usually NEVER resort to this sort of banter, but "Sickofit"(Anonymous Name), you and YOUR types are the worst thing on these pages.

You seem to feel you are at the Daily Kos, and nobody has a right to post anything you and your type "Approve" of!

Go to BACK to Dr. Krauthammer and Mr. Novak's Columns, and log all your stupid attacks on them like all the rest of your Childish friends. You waste half your life attacking those you should be opening up your mind to!

IF, my Satirical Comments bother you, well, at least I don't repeat them as Spam!

Then, just as Doc's and Novakula's do, BUT are actually PAID to, LIVER with it without making it a personal vendetta!

In other words;

BITE ME!

This Comment, at least had something to say!-Yours, was just a "Pelosi"! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 8, 2008 12:26 PM

sickofit:

It's called "Freedom of Speech" -- we aren't asking for your posts to be edited -- trying reading the First Amendment someday.

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 12:19 PM

McCain is awesome, funny and brave. I guess after having survived as a prisoner of war all those years, walking into a liberal mine field like the Daily Show was cake. Also kudos to Hillary for sticking it out and not going quiet into that good night. Also equal kudos to Barack on finally saying what needed to be said about his former pastor. I had the audacity to hope he would have done it sooner. I, unlike, most on this board will base my vote on policies - not the age, race, or oratory skills of the candidate but what policies they support or have supported. This is not a vote for the Prom King or Queen so let's look at strength of character.

Posted by: Christopher | May 8, 2008 12:17 PM


TO THE EDITORS OR KEEPERS OF THIS POST:

There are several posters, who when they appear, imediately turn people off and away.

Rat and JakeD, etc etc etc(whether the same person or several) .. are childish and beyond stupid-- and ruin, make worthless, any real column response.

If support or responce in numbers or intelligent content mean anything to you, why woulnd't you edit those morons?

Posted by: sickofit | May 8, 2008 12:09 PM

Its and election--cripes, whomever gets in won't do what they say anyway, its slimy election politics and a turkey in every garage. What do you think the DC estabishment is going to do for YOU? Gov't never has and never can fix your life, pocketbook, potholes..etc. Get real--don't expect the status quo to change until we are invaded or the next great depression happens which ain't too likely.

Posted by: SpartcusJones | May 8, 2008 12:08 PM

Jimbo and worry:

Careful, because McCain will easily steal a line from Ronald Reagan: "I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience."

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 11:48 AM


McCain was a doddering old fool.

He kept looking to the audience, for laughs or reactions. There were none. He was goofy.

BUT frightening. Not trying to be mean or partisan, HE IS FRIGHTENING.

The most Dangerous part, is that APIAC and the Israel firsters have decided on him...the money and MSM will flow. He'll be as easy to use as Bush was.

Did no one notice that his money started to flow exactly the same time as Lieberman became his shadow. It was no coincidence.


Posted by: worry | May 8, 2008 11:44 AM

Good thing the Daily Show is filmed earlier in the evening, don't think McCain could've stayed awake that long. He is too old to be president. As on all of his appearances, McCain appeared very creepy. Like the uncle you don't like to see at family events. The only way he can win in Nov is by going against Hillary. McCain vs Obama is a no-brainer. Obama will win easily.

Posted by: Jimbo | May 8, 2008 11:34 AM

Since I would assume, WaPo is watching the threads today, I hope they note this criticism.

The Headline to this Article pulled me like a Magnet, but it was a Duping Ruse.

Juliet's Credibility as a Reporter has fallen to National Enquirer level.

Why didn't she just go all out, and try claiming Juan McAmnesty imagined Actors for Real People?

There is a Headline: Juan cannot perceive "Reality". Thinks TV is Real!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 8, 2008 11:08 AM

John McCain is a chameleon. One minute he is a Viet Cong the next minute he is a maverick the next minute he is a conservative the next minute he is a progressive the next minute is a Bush clone. McCain is whoever he is next to.

Posted by: Dean | May 8, 2008 11:04 AM

Listen unto RAT, he knoweth what he says!

Posted by: ALMIGHTY -The ;-) | May 8, 2008 10:55 AM

KGB666-Any second the Registrations kick back in, and the One, the Only RAT, will STILL be here Biting Libbie butts! :-)

Just because JakeD appears cognizant, Intelligent, American, and Wise(Even occasionally Lucid), does not mean he is automatically RAT-Like.

Then, RE-Me? Just which FACTS, am I not supposed to have right? That was possibly one of the dumbest retorts I have ever read, because it addresses NOTHING or Everything?!

Then, Has Hildebeast won Yet?

Posted by: RAT-The | May 8, 2008 10:53 AM

I like this new format : )

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 10:42 AM

Language unbecoming - need vfor civil discourse

Posted by: JakeA | May 8, 2008 10:39 AM

There are 3 Democrats currently in the race leading up to November

Hillary on the right of center
McCain just left of center
O'Bama just left of McCain

Posted by: MadMax | May 8, 2008 10:37 AM

So touching ... how many of you were raised by a grandfather?

Posted by: MadMax | May 8, 2008 10:31 AM

kgb999:

I have never posted here as "RAT-The" or "TheRealDeal".

Joe:

Yes, there are economists who think the gas-tax cut is a good idea -- see "The Fact Checker" threads.

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 10:24 AM

i have to take exception with most of you on this blog. we all know the the clinton's very well and know what we will get if hillary is the next president. it will basically be the bill and hillary show; act 2.

obama sat in the pew of a american hating, racist church for twenty years. it is impossible to believe that his beliefs are different than those of the people he hangs out with and his spiritual master. obama is a racist, his wife hates america and is a racist, and he is a great politician because he is spewing crap that a great deal of the population wants to hear. he has not track record and the one he has about working across party lines does not exist.

i love it, not really, when I hear that it is the policy statements from obama that count and not his character. HE IS A FRAUD THAT IS LIKE A CANCER that might actually run this country.

mccain is a national hero, has worked across party lines his entire political career. so much so that the far right does not even like him. he is the centrist politician for the next 4 years. look at a man's charcter.

oh, yeah, you jokers who like someone who says that middle class people run to religion and guns when things get tough is a total hatchet job on most of the country.

without faith we are lost. lets go to some more rallies critizing the u.s. it will go a long way.

rocky; the next v.p.

Posted by: rocky | May 8, 2008 10:20 AM

McCain is looking better every day.


Posted by: tradamerica | May 8, 2008 10:12 AM

The Democrat primary SO FAR LEFT is
"The Emperor''s New Clothes"

Let us wait and laugh at end.

Posted by: jy2008 | May 8, 2008 10:12 AM

McCain is proud to recieve the nomination of the Party of Teddy Roosevelt?

Conservatives take note Roosevelt was a progressive who ran on the Bull Moose Party ticket. He was part of the progressive movement from 1912 to 1916.

Is McCain a closet progressive?

Posted by: Dean | May 8, 2008 10:11 AM

McCain is more of the same Republican Party, which has achieved an all time low morally, financially and economically for this country.

For the Hillary supporters, explain to me how having a Clinton run the country for four more years is a change when the Bush and Clinton families have already run the country for twenty years.

We have only one shred of hope for change in November and that is Obama.

Posted by: True Change | May 8, 2008 10:06 AM

There are only 2 things wrong with McSame. His style and his content.

Posted by: The Rodentman | May 8, 2008 9:52 AM

JakeD: Glad to see your cut-paster is still working! I see you added another fictional character to your conversations .... now it's JakeD aka Rat aka TheRealDeal.

Must be strange to sit on WaPo all day talking to yourself.

Posted by: kgb999 | May 8, 2008 9:48 AM

Who said McCain was "Bob Dole without the humor"?

I don't know, but they were spot on. Except Dole had some decent policies - McCain has all the plans of .... Bush.

Posted by: kgb999 | May 8, 2008 9:46 AM

You are a bunch of looneys. Since when does it matter who is president. Its always the same s---, always will be.

Posted by: frapz | May 8, 2008 9:44 AM

McCain and Condi is the winning ticket for Republicans and the country, so I hope it happens. Obama and Clinton are nothing but a traveling circus act and them still competing to see who will be the Democratic nominee is only damaging the chances of either actually making it into the White House. They may succeed in dividing their party, so I'm cheering them on.

Posted by: JH | May 8, 2008 9:44 AM

You have your facts wrong.

Posted by: RE: The RAT | May 8, 2008 9:35 AM

That's a good one, JakeD. Pity that learning from one's mistakes as Obama did is better than defending them to the media endlessly.

Or are you going to pretend that there are real economists that support the gas tax holiday?

Can anyone AFFORD to vote for John "I don't really understand the economy" McCain?

Posted by: Joe | May 8, 2008 9:30 AM

Folks, McCain is mentally and emotionally unstable and presents pre-Alzheimic symptoms.

As republican presidents go; we've already had almost 8 years of a mental deficient, before that were 4 years of cluelessness, and before that 8 years of a dillusional and alzheimic actor.

When will you "rebublics" get it? You don't want a president who knows whats going on. You want a president that makes you feel good by sending others off to war in the interest of capitalism, runs our deficit out of this world, and enables you to continue living a fairy-tale lifestyle at the expense of others.

Is McCain more of the same? No. He's worse -if that were possible.

Posted by: topwriter | May 8, 2008 9:27 AM

On McCain's credentials, not only does he not have a birth certificate that could confirm his citizenship, he's not a member of the Republican Party.

Posted by: P. Dumbarton Oakley, IV | May 8, 2008 9:01 AM

We're very solid supporters but if for some reasons that Hillary doesn't make it, because of these weird DNC contest rules and BIAS, here it is...

This should be a very good year for Democrats but it appears that the DNC is screwing it up by pushing for the wrong candidate.

Do you want REAL CHANGE? Then hear this... The McCain and Clinton ticket is probably the BEST and THE REAL DEAL to COME!!!

With this combination, McCain will have a better shot of winning PA, OH, FL, NJ, MA and even CA. The women's votes, the blue collar votes, independents, older people, and yes young Hillary supporters as well. With Hillary in the team, it will put our candidate in at a very meaningful lead position moving forward.

This will be a LANDSLIDE and UNSTOPPABLE COMBINATION!!!

Yes we're democrats but are seriously thinking of voting for McCain if Hillary doesn't win the nomination. If Hillary is with him so much the better. This will be a very strong ticket. As the exit polls show there is at least 40-47% of us, middle of the road democrats, who feel this way right now. Even if only 15%-20% of that is more than enough to win this election.

Unlike Obama, McCain and Hillary have very strong records of TRUE BIPARTISANSHIPS in the Senate, NOT ONLY IN WORDS BUT IN DEEDS!!!

What a very SOLID COMBINATION this will be.

SEN McCain show your maverick self and make REAL HISTORY...

Posted by: The Wiser Choice | May 8, 2008 8:53 AM

I think the best candidate for McCain's veep is former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and Michael Steele. I like Steele's sytle. His views compliment McCain's although they don't nessecarily run in parrallel. He will also appeal to the younger voters.

Posted by: akmzrazor | May 8, 2008 8:51 AM

Uh..."The Wiser Choice"? You do realize this is a satirical news show, right? You were the only one in America that took that question seriously.

There is a bigger chance of a McCain-Schrute ticket than a McCain-Clinton ticket.

Posted by: svreader would be proud | May 8, 2008 8:45 AM

You guys want REAL CHANGE? Hear this... The McCain and Clinton ticket is THE REAL DEAL!!!

With this combination, McCain will have a better shot of winning PA, OH, FL, NJ, MA and even CA. The women's votes, the blue collar votes, independents, older people, and yes young Hillary supporters, etc.

This will be a LANDSLIDE and will be Barack's nightmare!!!

We're moderate democrats and are seriously thinking of voting for McCain if Hillary doesn't win the nomination. This will be a very strong ticket. There is at least 25%-45% of us, middle of the road democrats, who feel this way right now. Even a 10%-15% of that is more than enough to win this election.

Unlike Obama, McCain and Hillary have very strong records of TRUE BIPARTISANSHIPS in the Senate, NOT ONLY IN WORDS BUT IN DEEDS!!!

What a very SOLID COMBINATION this will be.

SEN McCain show your maverick self and make HISTORY...

Posted by: The Wiser Choice | May 8, 2008 8:19 AM

You guys want REAL CHANGE? Hear this... The McCain and Clinton ticket is THE REAL DEAL!!!

With this combination, McCain will have a better shot of winning PA, OH, FL, NJ, MA and even CA. The women's votes, the blue collar votes, independents, older people, and yes young Hillary supporters, etc.

This will be a LANDSLIDE and will be Barack's nightmare!!!

We're moderate democrats and are seriously thinking of voting for McCain if Hillary doesn't win the nomination. This will be a very strong ticket. There is at least 25%-45% of us, middle of the road democrats, who feel this way right now. Even a 10%-15% of that is more than enough to win this election.

Unlike Obama, McCain and Hillary have very strong records of TRUE BIPARTISANSHIPS in the Senate, NOT ONLY IN WORDS BUT IN DEEDS!!!

What a very SOLID COMBINATION this will be.

SEN McCain show your maverick self and make HISTORY...

Posted by: The Wiser Choice | May 8, 2008 8:14 AM

You guys want REAL CHANGE? Hear this... The McCain and Clinton ticket is THE REAL DEAL!!!

With this combination, McCain will have a better shot of winning PA, OH, FL, NJ, MA and even CA. The women's votes, the blue collar votes, independents, older people, and yes young Hillary supporters, etc.

This will be a LANDSLIDE and will be Barack's nightmare!!!

We're moderate democrats and are seriously thinking of voting for McCain if Hillary doesn't win the nomination. This will be a very strong ticket. There is at least 25%-45% of us, middle of the road democrats, who feel this way right now. Even a 10%-15% of that is more than enough to win this election.

Unlike Obama, McCain and Hillary have very strong records of TRUE BIPARTISANSHIPS in the Senate, NOT ONLY IN WORDS BUT IN DEEDS!!!

What a very SOLID COMBINATION this will be.

SEN McCain show your maverick self and make HISTORY...

Posted by: The Wiser Choice | May 8, 2008 8:07 AM

You guys want REAL CHANGE? Hear this... The McCain and Clinton ticket is THE REAL DEAL!!!

With this combination, McCain will have a better shot of winning PA, OH, FL, NJ, MA and even CA. The women's votes, the blue collar votes, independents, older people, and yes young Hillary supporters, etc.

This will be a LANDSLIDE and will be Barack's nightmare!!!

We're moderate democrats and are seriously thinking of voting for McCain if Hillary doesn't win the nomination. This will be a very strong ticket. There is at least 25%-45% of us, middle of the road democrats, who feel this way right now. Even a 10%-15% of that is more than enough to win this election.

Unlike Obama, McCain and Hillary have very strong records of TRUE BIPARTISANSHIPS in the Senate, NOT ONLY IN WORDS BUT IN DEEDS!!!

What a very SOLID COMBINATION this will be.

SEN McCain show your maverick self and make HISTORY...


Posted by: The Wiser Choice | May 8, 2008 8:06 AM

I believe McCain will not do well in November now that Democrats ticket is going to be Hillary Clinton-Rush Limbaugh

Posted by: erika | May 8, 2008 7:41 AM

With all respect. I believe in truth and facts as well as policy that all people should abide by. I find it strange even in different cities, countries that is attached to the United States has different rules of policy, for instance there is a age cut off when soliciting a career in the miltary, I believe 45 if I'm not mistaken. So why is it different when it comes to McClain. Now there is another issue my son was accuse of hitting his girl friend he said he didn't that she got angry because he was seeing another person, so she elected to file a false police report, she has done this on several occasion and then go down and drop the charge on this one case the Judge made an example of my son. Now this Judge here in Jacksonville, Florida Judge Maran was charged with hitting his wife which blood was noticed,was he arrested "no" strangely the wife supposely recanned her story and supposely spent a night in jail. This is the same Judge that I wrote asking him for a meeting with my son and the woman he didn't even reply. The same Judge that resides over such cases. I believe Judges take the role as though they are ubove the law. My son can get a job, he can't take care of his children it's as though he is being set up to fell. I see so many young men who has not committed many crimes tha is placed on them but because they have lack of knowledge and lack of funds to pay a lawyer, then there's these lawyer that is public defenders that can care less, It know because I have wittness such issue, Again my son car was broken into at a Auto repair facility a check book was left in the lot glove compartment they had a picture of the theift breaking into it and stealing, he made a police report, the indivdual wrote checks even though Chris had reported it years prior, one day he was picked up for a check that was writen to either K-mart or Walmart. He pleaded that he did not write the check, the public defended advised him to except the charge as though it would go away, I demanded tht he not take the easy way out. I looked at the signature it was not my son's. So a handwriting expert was other. Sure enought it was noted that it was not my son had writing but he still had an arrest for writting back checks atttacked to his file, it was said he could have it exsponge. Why should he be responsible when it was not his mistakes. Them my youngest son got in trouble with weed on the school ground, I thought I would loose my mind, I was always on top of my children, but it is not trouble proof he was arrested years later even though he was 16 at the time he applied for a job and it showed up as cocain again I was told I could have it exsponged. I am determine to find a way to open some kind of program to help people who are innoncent to get their rights back to remove the feloney that was wrongly place. I just got to find a way.

Posted by: Teresa Moore | May 8, 2008 5:49 AM

Why is it that whenever there is a post about a Republican or something to do with Jon Stewart, the level of grammar, spelling, and conceptual dialogue drops three notches on the discussion board? I understand everybody's right to misinterpret and generalize, but it's a real turn-off when the first sentence of a comment has glaring errors that stick out like spinach in a smile.

Posted by: yomervokhets | May 8, 2008 5:47 AM

_kt_ - Condi does not want the Job. She has made it PLAINLY Clear! She is Tired!

Paulson is a Blithering Idiot! HE, is the Problem, NOT any sort of Solution!

Bloomberg the RINO would be best in an Advisory Position.

Mitt Romney is a better Executive. He would be better for evaluating a Bloomberg's advice! ;~)

However, as I am stating, we have a defective RINO to remove. Capitulation to Invasion ain't happening!

So, someone Capture Colin Powell! He is being Drafted for the Veep!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 8, 2008 1:43 AM

Why not vote for McCain? Don't you think the country should keep going in the same direction? Wouldn't you like things to stay exactly like they are for at least four more years? Isn't the economy doing great? Don't you feel financially secure? Aren't you happy with Iraq? Wouldn't you like to stay there for years and years at the cost of billions per week? Don't you feel so much safer since the occupation of Iraq? Please, please, please give us more of what we've had for eight years. Things are going so well. Why would you ever want a change from George W. Bush? Vote McCain for more of the same!

Posted by: snesich | May 8, 2008 1:28 AM

I would love to have Condi Rice as the VP candidate, but since virtually all black voters are choosing Obama in the Primaries, it's likely that even fewer will vote for McCain in November. Choosing Sec. Rice won't get him many votes, and he's going to need all the votes he can get. He needs to choose someone who will appeal to a group that he actually has a shot at winning. I'd love to see someone like Mike Bloomberg or Treasury Sec. Paulson to bring a real understanding of economics to the presidency.

Posted by: _kt_ | May 8, 2008 1:02 AM

Southercapricon-LOL! :-D

Ron Paul is in the Race?!

If Dr. No was the Only Candidate still running he would not win!

Dr. NO is about as likely to represent the GOP, as Mahmoud Badinerjacket!

Dr. No is NOT called, Dr. NO for NOthing! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 8, 2008 12:34 AM

My Vote's for Obama (if I could vote) ...by Michael Moore

Friends,

I don't get to vote for President this primary season. I live in Michigan. The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn't get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted.

So, if you live in Pennsylvania, can you do me a favor? Will you please cast my vote -- and yours -- on Tuesday for Senator Barack Obama?

I haven't spoken publicly 'til now as to who I would vote for, primarily for two reasons: 1) Who cares?; and 2) I (and most people I know) don't give a rat's ass whose name is on the ballot in November, as long as there's a picture of JFK and FDR riding a donkey at the top of the ballot, and the word "Democratic" next to the candidate's name.

Seriously, I know so many people who don't care if the name under the Big "D" is Dancer, Prancer, Clinton or Blitzen. It can be Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Barry Obama or the Dalai Lama.

Well, that sounded good last year, but over the past two months, the actions and words of Hillary Clinton have gone from being merely disappointing to downright disgusting. I guess the debate last week was the final straw. I've watched Senator Clinton and her husband play this game of appealing to the worst side of white people, but last Wednesday, when she hurled the name "Farrakhan" out of nowhere, well that's when the silly season came to an early end for me. She said the "F" word to scare white people, pure and simple. Of course, Obama has no connection to Farrakhan. But, according to Senator Clinton, Obama's pastor does -- AND the "church bulletin" once included a Los Angeles Times op-ed from some guy with Hamas! No, not the church bulletin!

This sleazy attempt to smear Obama was brilliantly explained the following night by Stephen Colbert. He pointed out that if Obama is supported by Ted Kennedy, who is Catholic, and the Catholic Church is led by a Pope who was in the Hitler Youth, that can mean only one thing: OBAMA LOVES HITLER!

Yes, Senator Clinton, that's how you sounded. Like you were nuts. Like you were a bigot stoking the fires of stupidity. How sad that I would ever have to write those words about you. You have devoted your life to good causes and good deeds. And now to throw it all away for an office you can't win unless you smear the black man so much that the superdelegates cry "Uncle (Tom)" and give it all to you.

But that can't happen. You cast your die when you voted to start this bloody war. When you did that you were like Moses who lost it for a moment and, because of that, was prohibited from entering the Promised Land.

How sad for a country that wanted to see the first woman elected to the White House. That day will come -- but it won't be you. We'll have to wait for the current Democratic governor of Kansas to run in 2016 (you read it here first!).

There are those who say Obama isn't ready, or he's voted wrong on this or that. But that's looking at the trees and not the forest. What we are witnessing is not just a candidate but a profound, massive public movement for change. My endorsement is more for Obama The Movement than it is for Obama the candidate.

That is not to take anything away from this exceptional man. But what's going on is bigger than him at this point, and that's a good thing for the country. Because, when he wins in November, that Obama Movement is going to have to stay alert and active. Corporate America is not going to give up their hold on our government just because we say so. President Obama is going to need a nation of millions to stand behind him.

I know some of you will say, 'Mike, what have the Democrats done to deserve our vote?' That's a damn good question. In November of '06, the country loudly sent a message that we wanted the war to end. Yet the Democrats have done nothing. So why should we be so eager to line up happily behind them?

I'll tell you why. Because I can't stand one more friggin' minute of this administration and the permanent, irreversible damage it has done to our people and to this world. I'm almost at the point where I don't care if the Democrats don't have a backbone or a kneebone or a thought in their dizzy little heads. Just as long as their name ain't "Bush" and the word "Republican" is not beside theirs on the ballot, then that's good enough for me.

I, like the majority of Americans, have been pummeled senseless for 8 long years. That's why I will join millions of citizens and stagger into the voting booth come November, like a boxer in the 12th round, all bloodied and bruised with one eye swollen shut, looking for the only thing that matters -- that big "D" on the ballot.

Don't get me wrong. I lost my rose-colored glasses a long time ago.

It's foolish to see the Democrats as anything but a nicer version of a party that exists to do the bidding of the corporate elite in this country. Any endorsement of a Democrat must be done with this acknowledgement and a hope that one day we will have a party that'll represent the people first, and laws that allow that party an equal voice.

Finally, I want to say a word about the basic decency I have seen in Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton continues to throw the Rev. Wright up in his face as part of her mission to keep stoking the fears of White America. Every time she does this I shout at the TV, "Say it, Obama! Say that when she and her husband were having marital difficulties regarding Monica Lewinsky, who did she and Bill bring to the White House for 'spiritual counseling?' THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT!"

But no, Obama won't throw that at her. It wouldn't be right. It wouldn't be decent. She's been through enough hurt. And so he remains silent and takes the mud she throws in his face.

That's why the crowds who come to see him are so large. That's why he'll take us down a more decent path. That's why I would vote for him if Michigan were allowed to have an election.

But the question I keep hearing is... 'can he win? Can he win in November?' In the distance we hear the siren of the death train called the Straight Talk Express. We know it's possible to hear the words "President McCain" on January 20th. We know there are still many Americans who will never vote for a black man. Hillary knows it, too. She's counting on it.

Pennsylvania, the state that gave birth to this great country, has a chance to set things right. It has not had a moment to shine like this since 1787 when our Constitution was written there. In that Constitution, they wrote that a black man or woman was only "three fifths" human. On Tuesday, the good people of Pennsylvania have a chance for redemption.

Yours,
Michael Moore

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2008 12:12 AM

ragindemo said: "John McCain would be smart to pick a woman for his running mate, it would be a sure victory as the majority of democratic women in this country are outraged at the treatment of Hillary Clinton by the media and the DNC!"

Only problem is that John McCain is a confirmed woman-hater.

Talking of McCain's famous sense of humor, here's a McCain joke you may have forgotten:

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? It's because Hillary is her mother and Janet Reno is her father."
Sen John McCain, Republican fundraising dinner, June 1998.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/wh2000/stories/wh070598.htm

McCain Weighs Options Amid Setbacks
By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 5, 1998; Page A01

"McCain attended a GOP fund-raiser at a Washington restaurant, where he told a truly insensitive joke involving the first family and Attorney General Janet Reno. When it became public, he quickly sent an abject letter of apology to the president, although he did not immediately apologize to Reno."

I don't think McCain is quite the chivalrous white knight you're looking for.

Posted by: kenonwenu | May 8, 2008 12:11 AM

So much for the straight talking express. This is not the McCain we saw in the 2000 campaign, i.e.,distrustful of religious fanatics, critical of tax cuts for the rich, cautious in the use of military force, and leery of big busines lobbyist. This guys in now seeking out the endorsement and support of Falwell and Hague, findings the Bush tax cuts benefical, promoting further war in the Middle East, and some of Washington's biggest lobbyist are running his campaign. It has to be something more than ambition. Ambition alone does not explain the radical transformation into the McCain of 2008.

Posted by: Joe | May 8, 2008 12:10 AM

Grumplstilskin! I like it.

For a seasoned politician, his lack of judgment, his failure to spot 'The Con' on the Iraq invasion is the clearest evidence that my friend, John McCain, isn't fit for the office of the POTUS.

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 8, 2008 12:01 AM

Don't forget about Mccain and his Keating 5. Then remember Ron Paul is still in the race.

Posted by: southercapricron | May 7, 2008 11:45 PM

Just watched it, and thought it went really well. Eilperin makes it sound like Stewart was bandying McCain about, especially with the way she ended the blog post, but it was a lot of McCain humor, a tough question concerning Hamas that McCain didn't answer well, and the two of them generally looking like they were having a good time. Overall, one of the best McCain interviews I've seen in recent weeks, and McCain came out looking good.

Posted by: Nathan | May 7, 2008 11:36 PM

Including yourself, William J?

P.S. to ragindemo: what about Condi Rice?

Posted by: JakeD | May 7, 2008 10:58 PM

Authors of the entries here are kind of pathetic. But you're all so smart you already knew that.

Posted by: William J. | May 7, 2008 10:56 PM

John McCain would be smart to pick a woman for his running mate, it would be a sure victory as the majority of democratic women in this country are outraged at the treatment of Hillary Clinton by the media and the DNC!

Posted by: ragindemo | May 7, 2008 10:54 PM

francisholland-As much as I dislike Slander Sites like that one, Next Week, if Juan does not make me change my mind, I'll thank You for the Link!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 7, 2008 10:46 PM

No, the Shock has been in place since I heard St. Mitt, the Patron Saint of Distressed Business Owners/Operators, say he was Withdrawing, and playing Second Fiddle to a Traitor. :-o

Posted by: RAT-The | May 7, 2008 10:43 PM

Let's turn our attention to the Truth About McCain: http://truth-about-mccain.blogspot.com

Posted by: francislholland | May 7, 2008 10:42 PM

It is three a.m. and the red phones rings. Cindy answers it,"Yes, yes, hold on. John wake up, wake up." "Ungh, ungh what is it Cindy did Al Qaeda send in suicide bombers from Iran?" "No John its Hillary, she says she was attacked by a phantom sniper while visiting a children's hospital in Toronto." "Well tell the chief to mobilize the Michigan guard and get this phantom guy. I'm going back to bed."

Posted by: Jimbo | May 7, 2008 10:32 PM

RAT-The:

You are in "shock" because you haven't read a newspaper in three (3) years about McCain being in favor of amnesty?!

Posted by: JakeD | May 7, 2008 10:31 PM

Personally, knowing that the way things are right now, I cannot Laugh much at all!

It was well understood a Year ago, that the Dimocrats were very much on La Raza's side with the invasion.

What I am in shock right now about, is that the Republican Candidate appears to be as well.

Ha Ha? No Creo Yo, Senor McAmnesty!

Juan better do something to convince ME he is going to get out to Construction Sites, Landscaping Firms, Auto Shops and every other Service related Industry employing Illegal Workers illegally, and FINE the Employers into a whole new Reality, or it's Turkey(Aridzona Turkey) Season next week.

I am NOT KIDDING, when I say I DEMAND a Candidate that WILL Enforce our existing Federal Laws! When Employers are willing to pay $20-30/Hr. WITH Benefits, for Hard Skilled Work in Construction instead of the $8-15 they are getting away with now, and THEN can't get Workers, well THEN allow Foreign Workers in-At Similar Wages!

The Wage War on the American Middle Class has caused ALL the Problems we are having now!

OR, it's Hasta la Vista McAmnesty!

And THEN I'll LMFAO! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 7, 2008 10:26 PM

True (I prefer "The Colbert Report" myself ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 7, 2008 10:22 PM

How does this help McCain? It only makes him appear more desperately out-of-touch than before. Stewart's audience is all voting for Obama...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | May 7, 2008 10:18 PM

What's Up, Doc?

Posted by: JakeD | May 7, 2008 9:55 PM

Possibly one of the very few things I can respect about McCain is his sense of humor. He hosted Saturday Night Live a few years ago, and he seems to be a good sport.

At least he comes across more human than Clinton, who seems too robotic to even know what laughter is.

Granted, the biggest joke McCain ever made was saying that the Iraq streets were safe as he was wearing a Kevlar vest, being guarded by snipers and various other armed personnel. If only he was actually being sarcastic when he said that....

Posted by: GregB | May 7, 2008 9:46 PM

Obama was actually FOR Rev. Wright before he was AGAINST him!

http://www.FRedStates.com/
Your Anti Obama Superstore!

Posted by: FRedStates.com | May 7, 2008 9:32 PM

To JakeD
Go f--k yourself. See who's laughing in November.

Posted by: Doc | May 7, 2008 9:18 PM

howard:

If enough of us voted for a third-party candidate, that's all it would take ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 7, 2008 9:15 PM

We really have no one decent to vote for this election.
1. One caters to the far left.
2. One panders to everyone.
3. One says things that he will do when his actual actions have been completely different.
It is like the RNC and DNC has said here are your choices.
It is time now to right a new article to the constitution. WE can call it the "none of the above" article. Where we have the option that we do not like any of them, they have to get someone else. Of course the DNC and the RNC won't like this because they want to decide who we have to vote for. We can no longer look at these political organizations and seriously believe that they are worried about the American people, they have their own agenda, but they need your vote to further their gain. Hopefully by 2012 we can come up with some candidates that are not party favorites and once elected do what is right for the people

Posted by: howard | May 7, 2008 8:50 PM

Here's some more material for Jon (or McCain):

"Top Ten Obama Flip Flops" -- the first half of the list courtesy of The Fact Checker --

10. Special Interests
Back in January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the Clinton and Edwards campaign as "special interest" money. He changed his tune as he went after union endorsements himself. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of "working people" and says he is "thrilled" by their support.

9. Public Financing
Obama replied "yes" in September 2007 when asked if he would agree to public financing of the presidential election if his GOP opponent did the same. His spokesman now says that he never gave such a pledge, and Obama himself has attached several conditions, including regulating spending by outside groups.

8. The Cuba embargo
In January 2004, Obama said flatly that it was time "to end the embargo with Cuba," because it had "utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro." Speaking to a Cuban-American audience in Miami in August 2007, he said he would not "take off the embargo" as president because it was "an important inducement for change."

7. Illegal immigration
In a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should "crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants." He replied "Oppose." In a televised debate on January 31, he said that "we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation."

6. Decriminalization of Marijuana
While running for the U.S. Senate in January 2004, Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. In the October 30, 2007 presidential debate, he joined other Democratic candidates in opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.

5. I was FOR the Gas-Tax Holiday before I was Against it!

4. I Did Not Have Spiritual Relations With That Man, Rev. Wright ...

3. I Won't Run On A National Ticket In '08.

2. "Selma Got Me Born"

And, the Top Obama Flip Flop:

1. "I Could No More Disown Rev. Wright Than I Could Disown My White Grandmother"

Posted by: JakeD | May 7, 2008 7:55 PM

Who said McCain was "Bob Dole without the humor"?

Posted by: JakeD | May 7, 2008 7:40 PM

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