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Cindy and John McCain, August 28, 2008.

Updated 5:45 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
Speculation about who Sen. John McCain will pick as his vice presidential running mate reached a fever pitch today as all signs pointed to an answer coming as soon as tonight.

The top possibilities continued to be former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Other names included former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge and Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

One senior Republican who has talked personally with Romney, Ridge and Pawlenty during the past two days said none of them had been told yet by McCain.

"All of them believe that it's not them," the GOP source said.

Republicans on Capitol Hill, lobbyists and consultants said they continue to believe Romney is the most likely pick for McCain.

"Mitt by far and away is the most logical pick," said one GOP consultant. "Look at the polling nationwide. The only guy that helps [McCain] at all is Romney."

Political advisers to all of the potential picks either declined to comment or did not return calls and e-mails this morning, choosing radio silence over the possibility of an unintentional slip.

But lots of others were gabbing up a storm.

Karl Rove, President Bush's former top political adviser, was queried on Fox News about reports that he had gone to Lieberman to urge him to withdraw from consideration for the good of the party.

Rove declined to answer the direct question, but also did not deny it, saying only that the report on Politico was "inaccurate."

"I'm gonna leave it where I left it," Rove said after being asked the question several times. In an interview with The Post later, Rove again declined to comment.

Asked by Fox's Chris Wallace whether Lieberman would be a good running mate, Rove said, "He would be great for the country" but added that Lieberman would create political problems for McCain at the convention and in the campaign to come.

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Surprise! It looks like AK Gov Sarah Palin
is the One for John McCain's Vice President
so hey former Hillary Clinton Voters,now
you have another great woman to vote for
after Messiah Barack Hussein Obama and
Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Obama stole the
Democrat Nomination for their empty suit
Obama! Go McCain! Go Palin! GOP All The Way! Independent Voters for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | August 29, 2008 10:27 AM

Its Jindal Stupid!

Posted by: chris | August 29, 2008 9:49 AM

John McCain is going to announce John Kasich as his VP.

Posted by: Ohio Voter | August 29, 2008 9:34 AM

(from http://lazycomic.blogspot.com/2008/08/mccains-running-mate-modest-prediction.html)

So, if you're getting ready to call in your bet, here are my guaranteed* predictions on the GOP Vice Presidential Candidate:

1) He will be a he. (See, that cuts down the possibilities by roughly 52% right there.)
2) He will be younger than McCain.
3) While he may be white, he will not be as pale as McCain.
4) He will be more conservative than McCain...or at least more conservative than McCain was before he was "Pre-emptive Nominee McCain."
5) He will seek out the help of...but secretly loathe...Karl Rove (oh no, wait, that's McCain himself).
6) In a twist of logic, he will call the candidate that hasn't been in Wedding Crashers a "celebrity."

...and finally

7) He will most assuredly have never read this blog. (Granted, this last one doesn't really help.)

So, go place your bets. If you win big, tell your friends you read it here first. If you lose, well you shouldn't really bet on Presidential politics...


...it's too easy to rig.

(*The term "guarantee" in no way implies a certainty, reliability or...well...guarantee of any kind.)

(c) 2008 "Steve D." - lazycomic.blogspot.com

Posted by: sllrphoto | August 29, 2008 9:30 AM

So there was this right wing preacher that prayed for God to rain on Obama's speech..

Is it possible God will choose to rain on the republican party instead?

Posted by: SDindependent | August 29, 2008 9:03 AM

This is the big day -- HAPPY 72ND BIRTHDAY to John McCain. You are wayyyyyyy to old, forgetful and unstable to be President!

Posted by: J Michael | August 29, 2008 8:23 AM

GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE IS A FIGHTER AND ONE OF THE GREATEST COMMUNICATORS OF OUR TIME! ONLY HIS VOICE AS JOHN McCAIN’s VICE-PRESIDENT WILL NULLIFY OBAMA’s. I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE!

Governor Mike Huckabee is the BEST candidate among the Vice-President picks in the dangerous times that we live in. What also makes Mike Huckabee the most logical candidate is that he not only attracts Republicans but also Democrats without compromising his core principles. Both political party support is needed to win this election in 2008 and he has it. He is the Republican's secret weapon in the 2008 election. Governor Mike Huckabee's proven leadership is what can bring America together as a team. He is the perfect compliment to McCain.

The Liberal media fears him so much that they never seem to mention him as a possible vice-presidential pick. All the manufactured public peer pressure mustered overtly and covertly against Governor Mike Huckabee cannot withstand the winning strength and asset that he brings to the McCain ticket. Just allow Governor Mike Huckabee to speak and he draws both Democrats and Republican favor without a major cost to the campaign. Former Governor Mike Huckabee joins John McCain as the only candidates who ran for president that drew and connected with the younger voters of America.

http://blogsforjohnmccain.com/governor-mike-huckabee-helps-gop-win-2008-john-mccains-vice-president

Posted by: prffsrx | August 29, 2008 8:08 AM

I thought everyone already knew it would be Sarah Palin.

Are the MSM journalists really that brain-dead?

It would not take a rocket science to figure this out.

Posted by: James Patterson | August 29, 2008 6:34 AM

toooo much info Brad, gay... from Texas. All that yammerin... and that is what you told us. I want my money back.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 29, 2008 2:53 AM

Citizen McCain - Rosebud '08

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 29, 2008 2:49 AM

fred thompson to run as mccain's vp, both for one term only. pawlenty/romney given senior positions in administration, and will help mccain campaign for duration of election process. heard it from someone who should know.

Posted by: chris from az | August 29, 2008 2:31 AM

Just checking in from Texas. Pretty inane comments for the most part. I guess I thought our newspapers had the market cornered on blather in the editorial comments. Substance goes a long way in an argument and "McSame" or "seven mansions" and comparisons of Harvard graduates don't particularly count for arguments unless one is playing a game of "I know you are but what am I". Argue substance, policy, ideas, but please don't think that virtual raspberries will change minds because they tend to make the submitter look smaller.

Posted by: Brad | August 29, 2008 1:57 AM

Why is a Senator when he or she supports Israel an ambassador FROM Israel? Just wondering. Antisemitism, thy name seems to be Democrat. I wholeheartedly support Israel's right to exist, to defend herself, to accept and request support from the US as the sole democratic nation in her region, and to thwart any attempts by "nations" in her area to "drive her into the sea". If it makes me an Israeli or Jewish, so be it. I proudly accept it. Israel hating is so 1936.

Posted by: Brad | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM

Oh Yeah, Larry Craig again, I've left Congress but don't forget to join my good friends Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, and poor ol' John Edwards who regale us with their tales of hilarious antics with the women, men, and women of their choice sans the foot taps! Oughta be fun, fun, fun! You'll be drownin' with laughs, guffawin' with Johns, and commiseratin' with mistresses when these three crazy guys take the stage! And you thought only Republicans could entertain ya, folks! Hell, the Democrats taught us to learn to really live! Ask ol' Robert Byrd to tell ya a thing or two about the good old days back in West Virginia, god love him.

Posted by: Brad | August 29, 2008 1:36 AM

I hope it's Romney, if for no other reason, the sight of Mitt and McCain having to hug each other and pretend to like each other would be hilarious. Plus, their combined net worth is more than the GDP of some countries.

On the other hand, it would be great if the GOP has its convention in the Twin Cities, and McCain picks Pawlenty, but Minnesota still goes Democratic anyway.

As for Lieberman, he'll make a great ambassador from Israel. Oops, I mean, TO Israel.

Posted by: It's nice that someone is actually willing to accept this "honor" | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM

You are cordially invited to join me at the reception I am hosting in the men's toilet of the airport bathroom on the Minneapolis airport. Please join my co-hosts Karl "Hot Karl" Rove, Jeff Gannon, Mark Foley as we celebrate GOPStyle™. There will be lots of hot man to man action, and plenty of restroom hijinx! Just remember to bring your wide stance, and tap three times of the floor if you want some!

Posted by: Sen. Larry Craig, (R-ID) | August 28, 2008 8:05 PM
----------------------------

How come you didn't invite Gov. Crist he use to room with Mark Foley?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:03 AM

my, my, the comments from the left here, look guys, an education is your friend.

That said, I'll probably lose interest if McCain picks Palwenty or whoever, talk about blowing it.

Hutchinson is by far the best pick, Smart, articulate, a solid record, and able to court the disaffected Women vote, while simultaneously neutering Joe Biden in the debates. She would inject an energy in the ticket needed to counter Barack's stadium sized ego march. She's a home run.

Romney's at least a double, but not ground shaking.

Posted by: Will | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM

These days, John McCain has only 3 words in his mouth: a noun, a verb and POW. No real plan. I am an undecided independent voter who will likely vote Barack.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM

I hear that to upstage Obama, McCain tonight promises to notify his supporters of his VP choice via telegram!

Posted by: Richard | August 29, 2008 12:10 AM

McSame McLame McCain McThis McThat McBush McFries McShake McChicken McBabble McBabble McBabble McPOW
I'm McCool with my McBabble McWords
I'm McCool with my McBabble McWords
(cricket sounds in the empty brain...)

Posted by: McBabble McIdiot | August 28, 2008 11:46 PM

touche'.... I know when I'm licked.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 28, 2008 11:39 PM

I'm just tired of whenever I criticize Obama on the issues to his supporters, I get accused of being racist or just general lack of education.

Posted by: Alex | August 28, 2008 11:20 PM

Re:
'well tell me this Mr. Alias... why is not WaPo covering this... not in world, not in politics. Is Millbank the managing Editor. Something stinks in Georgia.'

Why should WaPo cover it?

The Wall Street Journal talks about it only because they're slightly more open about it. "It" is the fact that big business is using governments worldwide to further their interests. Why else was Iraq invaded?

Posted by: Don Alias | August 28, 2008 11:02 PM

I'm a democrat and from massachusetts and hope it's romney -- then the candidates on the republican ticket will have combined more than ten houses!!!

Posted by: massachusettswoman | August 28, 2008 10:56 PM

well tell me this Mr. Alias... why is not WaPo covering this... not in world, not in politics. Is Millbank the managing Editor. Something stinks in Georgia.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 28, 2008 10:43 PM

Re: angriestdog --

Well of course. One of McCain's top foreign policy advisors is Randy
Scheunemann, a "former" lobbyist for
Georgia, a war-monger, described as

'a leading neoconservative voice in the American foreign policy debate. He
played a prominent role advocating for
toppling Saddam Hussein, serving in 2002
as executive director of the Committee
for the Liberation of Iraq.'
(WSJ, 'McCain Adviser Was
Lobbyist for Georgia', 10-AUG-08)

He's part of the same cabal of
neoconservatives running the current Bush
regime.

Posted by: Don Alias | August 28, 2008 10:11 PM

By STEVE GUTTERMAN
The Associated Press
Thursday, August 28, 2008; 8:36 PM
MOSCOW -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of instigating the fighting in Georgia and said he suspects a connection to the U.S. presidential campaign _ a contention the White House dismissed as "patently false."

In a decision he said was unrelated to unraveling Russia-U.S. ties, Putin also ordered that 19 American poultry producers be barred from selling their products to Russia. He said the unnamed companies ignored demands that they correct alleged deficiencies.

Putin, the former president and architect of an assertive foreign policy that has stoked East-West tension, suggested in an interview with CNN that there was an American presence amid the combat with a potential domestic U.S. political motive.

"We have serious grounds to think that there were U.S. citizens right in the combat zone" during Russia's war with the U.S.-allied ex-Soviet republic, he said the interview broadcast on state-run Russian television. "And if that's so, if that is confirmed, it's very bad. It's very dangerous."

Putin's acid attack on the United States came as Moscow's bid to redraw Georgia's borders hit an obstacle among its Asian allies who refused to recognize the two Russian-backed breakaway regions of Georgia. France, meanwhile, said the European Union is considering sanctions against Russia for its conduct in the Caucasus.

Putin said that Russia had hoped the U.S. would restrain Georgia, which Moscow accuses of starting the war by attacking South Ossetia on Aug. 7. Instead, he suggested the U.S. encouraged the nation's leadership to try to rein in the separatist region by force.

"The American side in fact armed and trained the Georgian army," Putin said. "Why hold years of difficult talks and seek complex compromise solutions in interethnic conflicts? It's easier to arm one side and push it into the murder of the other side, and it's over.

"It seems like an easy solution. In reality it turns out that it's not always so," he said.

The United States has close ties with the Georgian government and has trained Georgian units. The Pentagon has said that the U.S. had about 130 trainers in Georgia when the fighting erupted earlier this month, including a few dozen civilians who were all working to prepare the Georgian forces for deployment to Iraq.

But Russian officials have made statements aimed to convey the idea that Americans may have directly supported Georgia's offensive.

At a briefing Tuesday, the deputy chief of Russian military general staff, Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, showed off a color copy of what he said was a U.S. passport found in a basement in a village in South Ossetia among items that belonged to Georgian forces.

"We found a passport for Michael Lee White," Nogovitsyn said. "He's a Texan."

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 28, 2008 9:58 PM

McSame McLame McCain McThis McThat McBush McFries McShake McChicken

(I'm so McSmart and McSnappy with my McBabble McWords.)

I know politics. Dunhhh...

(cricket sounds in the empty brain...)

Posted by: nighthawksoars | August 28, 2008 9:50 PM

Idiot, America hating libs please don't ruin my country. Go to some European socialist failure and get what you are trying to turn the greatest country in history into a Marxist society. I am sick of you communist bastards.

Posted by: aj | August 28, 2008 9:44 PM

SOCHI, Russia (CNN) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential election candidates.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 28, 2008 9:42 PM

McSame McLame McNounAndVerbAndPOW McThis McThat McBush McFries McShake McChicken

(I'm so McSmart and McSnappy with these McBabble McComments.

"Mc Mc Mc... "!

(silence in the dead brain with no real ideas...)

Posted by: Obama Junkie | August 28, 2008 9:41 PM

Don't you all SEEEE-THE REPUBS. ARE DOING A GREAT FEINT HERE-THEY'VE ASKED PAWLENTY TO DO THAT TO RAISE THE TENSION LEVEL!

ROMNEY HAS GOT HIS OVERNIGHT BAG, AND IS GONE TO AN "UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN CALIFORNIA"

PAWLENTY IS SUPPOSED TO BE AT THE STATE FAIR TOMORROW MORNING STILL IN MINNESOTA

I'M QUITE ENJOYING THE SUSPENSE-GOOD JOB REPUBS!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 8:23 PM

Gov. Mullet of Minnesota has suddenly canceled all appearances scheduled for tonight in Denver.

Posted by: McBush Picks THE MULLET | August 28, 2008 8:08 PM

You are cordially invited to join me at the reception I am hosting in the men's toilet of the airport bathroom on the Minneapolis airport. Please join my co-hosts Karl "Hot Karl" Rove, Jeff Gannon, Mark Foley as we celebrate GOPStyle™. There will be lots of hot man to man action, and plenty of restroom hijinx! Just remember to bring your wide stance, and tap three times of the floor if you want some!

Posted by: Sen. Larry Craig, (R-ID) | August 28, 2008 8:05 PM

republicans will lose this fall; maybe McCain will pick Lieberman and he can become a loser of historical note: (1) losing on slate of both major parties; and, (2) losing in his own state on his own party.

Posted by: Robert | August 28, 2008 7:58 PM

Oops...

1) was supposed to be "Insert Joke Here"...

As far as Pawlenty being the pick, that makes a lot of sense, but only because he
is the most obscure of the lot, and
thereby the least disliked.

Does anybody out there still believe in
the old 'lesser of two evils' jive?

Posted by: Don Alias | August 28, 2008 7:52 PM

C'mon. It's the shallow fools that say that McCain relies on his former POW status.

Silly Obamabot.

Posted by: Sick of the sickofits | August 28, 2008 7:50 PM

Ok good I just wanted to make sure you were not taking props away from Bill haha :) No, I agree Romney would be good for the economy the best of the 4(Obama,Biden,McCain) However, that will not matter if McCain continues to pour money into Iraq..I don't know if he selects Romney I may become an undecided however I will probably stick with Obama and Biden

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:44 PM

Do you think if John McCain got pulled over for speeding he would just say to the cop...Do you know I was a POW?

Posted by: SickofIt | August 28, 2008 7:41 PM

Yes, Bill Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar indeed, but he did NOT get a double JD/MBA from Harvard, with honors on the law degree and a Baker Scholar on the Business Administration degree, and he did not graduate summa cum laude from Yale, as Romney did from BYU-but no one is taking away any props from Bill, certainly not me-I think he was bar none, the best President in the history of our country, and I think Mitt Romney could rival Bill in what he could do for our very ailing economy!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:40 PM

Top Ten Reasons for McCain to Pick Jindal as His Running Mate:

10) So George Allen can redeem himself by introducing Jindal at the convention
and describing him as 'most definitely *not* a macaque!'.

9) Because GOP marketing has already done months of Jindal promotions, and it's
too late to take all six collectable Jin-Dolls out of McDonald's Happy Meals.

8) Because Jindal can describe himself as an *actual* Aryan, he'll attract the
Aryan Brotherhood vote.

7) Indians have always hated the Chinese. Since an alliance with Russia
against China looks unlikely, an alliance with India against China becomes more
important.

6) As governor of Louisiana, he can always proudly point to his rebuilding of
New Orleans; and use that as a metaphor for the GOP's plans for devastated Iraq.

5) With Jindal on board McCain would pick up that crucial Baton Rouge Mumbia
expatriate vote.

4) Don't we all want to see Hare Krishnas at Rose Garden ceremonies?

3) His English is better than McCain's.

2) Two words: chicken vindaloo!

1)

Posted by: Don Alias | August 28, 2008 7:39 PM

mabruno:

"Just think, between the two of them, how many houses do McCain and Romney own ?"

Less than John Kerry.

"Besides, think of all those Obama adds (sic) quoting Romney during his primary campaign against McCain."

Unlike the ads quoting Hillary saying Obama is not ready to be President?

"Last but not least, in an ideal world, it shouldn't matter that Romney is a mormon, but, in the real world, that is unfortunately still an issue for many voters, especially the GOP's core evangelical Christian base."

I'm not Republican, but I am evangelical and neither I nor my evangelical friends would hold Romney's religion against him. in fact, we wanted Romney over McCain ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 7:38 PM

I may be wrong, but it looks like McCain will go with Pawlenty, who is probably the safest pick anyway: he will please the conservative base and do no harm, but won't help McCain either !

Romney just became too riksy after Obama picked Biden. Just think, between the two of them, how many houses do McCain and Romney own ? Besides, think of all those Obama adds quoting Romney during his primary campaign against McCain. Last but not least, in an ideal world, it shouldn't matter that Romney is a mormon, but, in the real world, that is unfortunately still an issue for many voters, especially the GOP's core evangelical Christian base.

Posted by: Mbruno | August 28, 2008 7:29 PM

Romney dumped $35 million into a failed presidential bid. Just think what the guy would do to our economy.

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 7:26 PM

McCain really should announce his VP pick during Obama's speech. It will be good demonstration of his judgement.

Posted by: Bill ` | August 28, 2008 7:24 PM

"EVEN BILL CLINTON DIDN'T HAVE THAT KIND OF ACADEMIC BRILLIANCE"

Careful Bill Clinton was a Rhode Scholar

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:22 PM

Anonymous:

Is that you, Rat-THE?!

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 7:22 PM

I'll be watching the Dem convention on C-Span tonight, so that I don't have to deal with commentators telling me how to think, or interrupting Senator Obama's speech to bring an announcement that McCain's "close" to revealing his VP.

Posted by: Barbara Campbell | August 28, 2008 7:21 PM

How pathetically transparent for the McCain camp to hint that they may reveal the VP choice tonight.

Posted by: bam | August 28, 2008 7:18 PM

Trish, there are MILLIONS of women across the nation who feel just like you! I mean, the man graduated summa cum laude in English number one in the entire huge university of Brigham Young! Amazing! And then he goes on to get a DOUBLE JD in law AND a Master's in Business Administration at HARVARD, AND BOTH GRADUATE DEGREES WITH HONORS!

EVEN BILL CLINTON DIDN'T HAVE THAT KIND OF ACADEMIC BRILLIANCE! AND ROMNEY TRANSLATED THAT TO BECOME HUGELY SUCCESSFUL IN THE BUSINESS WORLD-HE TURNED AROUND THE SINKING 2002 OLYMPICS IN SALT Lake City singlehandedly-just think what this man, with the movie star looks, can do for this country!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:12 PM

Obama ought to come out and praise Pawlenty on his global warming awareness and progressive social policies. It would be the kiss of death for a McCain-Pawlenty ticket.

Posted by: Joey | August 28, 2008 7:08 PM

I will wet my pants if it's Mitt!

He's so suave and well-spoken.


Posted by: Trish | August 28, 2008 7:05 PM

he can't pick someone young, it would make him look old.

he can't pick someone tall, it would make him look short.

he can't pick someone smart, it would make him look less smart. (I am being kind here)

he can't pick someone inspiring,it will make him look a bore.

how did he win the nomination again? Oh yeah, town-hall meetings and the surge.

I had forgotten.

Posted by: Bill J | August 28, 2008 7:01 PM

Seems making jokes about someone's age is the accepted in 2008. With the early baby boomers now in their early sixties, I would suggest that using age as a slur is as repugnant as using racial slurs or sexist slurs.

Posted by: MotherLodeBeth | August 28, 2008 6:58 PM

That fact that the Post has been obsessing about who McGoo will pick as his Veep - one of the biggest nonstories of the year - says a lot more about the Post, its editor and editorial board, its columunists, and its inside-the-beltway culture, then real news.

Posted by: maxfli | August 28, 2008 6:56 PM

"Fever Pitch"

OMIGAHD, I'm gonna EXPLODE! Everything is changing so fast! Whole new ballgame, come November!!

Posted by: C4 | August 28, 2008 6:53 PM

There is great fear in some parts of these United States today. That fear is that someone other than a white male will be elected President of the United States.

Ah the fear! Hide our women! Send our children to England for protection! Our position of privilege is in jeopardy! Our minimum wage jobs will be lost! Our women will want equal pay for equal work! Our children will marry outside the pure white race. Yes, there is great fear.

There is only one hope. And that hope is 72 year old John McCain.

From one of his seven (or eight or eleven) homes, old man John McCain will walk into our lives in his $520 dollar shoes to save us. He will leave his wife's private jet and do battle with the black man. Old man John survived some time in a POW camp some 40 years ago and he has earned the right forever to battle, to win, and to spend wife number two's 100 million inheiritance. And old man John is not afraid to tell you that. Why old man John McCain will keep our sons, daughters, spouses, and friends in uniform for maybe 100 years in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, and any other place his little old heart desires.

Old man John McCain, our great hope for more of the past.

Posted by: Our Hope for the Past | August 28, 2008 6:52 PM

On a lighter note, McCain is rather McPasty these days – does anyone think he is dipping Cindy's makeup case! Just wondering.

Posted by: McPasty | August 28, 2008 6:47 PM

McCain should get another POW as a running mate, just in case no one's heard he was a POW centuries ago. The double POW's. The POW WOW's.

Or, maybe he should name Aricept or Namenda as his vice president

Posted by: Gary P. | August 28, 2008 6:43 PM

McCain is clearly brain dead relic of the past. He is still fighting Vietnam, Cold war, Korea and various past wars. American people want someone that attends to our ailing economy, revamp our government to be more efficient, responsible and for a change accountable; win the real war in Afghanistan and finally uproot Al-Qaida and other extremists; end the unnecessary war in Iraq as Iraqis themselves are demanding…and many other reforms. McCain admitted that he’s economy-illiterate, he wants to stay in Iraq for 100+ years; he does not understand the real enemy is in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He’s in a lock-step with failed Bush.

Posted by: McBush brain dead relic of the past. | August 28, 2008 6:38 PM

Sorry, Harry S. Moskowitz, The One wanted to do that, but then a former Con law student of his reminded him that the President and Vice President have to reside in different States ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:36 PM

ALL HAIL MITT ROMNEY, THE NEW VP RUNNING MATE OF JOHN MCCAIN, THE MAN WHO HAS THE INTELLECTUAL BRILLIANCE, THE VAST BUSINESS EXPERTISE TO TURN THIS COUNTRY'S DIRE ECONOMY AROUND-JUST LIKE BILL CLINTON DID IN THE 90'S!

IT'S MCCAIN/ROMNEY 08-IN A LANDSLIDE!

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 28, 2008 6:35 PM

FYI:

There are 224 posts on this thread -- more than any other current Obama thread -- so, I'm not the only one who "cares" about McCain's pick. I don't care it's announced today or tomorrow. Please, just don't wake up America at 3 AM to announce it ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:34 PM

The speculation regarding Romney, Pawlenty, et al., is a smoke screen. McCain's already decided on the one man in politics who matches his maverick credentials. That's right; for Vice President, he's chosen himself.

Posted by: Harry S. Moskowitz | August 28, 2008 6:33 PM

I plan to watch Matewan on Labor Day to reflect upon our struggle for decent wages and conditions. Can you beleive these republicans have the unmitigated gall to bring their coven together on Labor Day?
Brazen disrespect! They hate workers because we still won't work in dangerous jobs for nothing. They've been running an unanswered class war upon the people who feed them, house them and clothe them for too long. Their money is worthless if we don't work.

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 6:32 PM

stearm:

I "care" about who McCain picks.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:32 PM

Pawlenty is a good pick. The GOP wants to go after the Dems in Minnesota which went Dem for several elections. Pawlenty is young, McCain is old, so they will need to be careful when appearing together. It's like Ricky Ricardo and Fred Mertz. Pawlenty is evangelical which may be good for much of the GOP base, but remember that some evangelicals think Catholics are - well you remember the quote. So Biden may be able to peel off some of the Catholic voters. But, at least that pied piper of the far right wing, Rush, will praise a McCain-Pawlenty ticket, and that's all that matters.
I think Romney would really be a better pick though. We'll see. If McCain wins, it will be a brilliant pick. I just don't like that Karl Rove, Bush's brain, now appears to be McCain's brain too. We've got lots of problems thanks to that Pillsbury doughboy.

Posted by: Bob | August 28, 2008 6:30 PM

The Republicans tell us that being a POW qualifies you to be President. It qualifies you no matter how much of a flunky and a screw up you were before your capture, and no matter how much of a sleaze and gigolo you were during the 40 years after your release.

Given this logic, I think McCain should choose Jose Padilla or one of the Gitmo boys for his running mate.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | August 28, 2008 6:29 PM

Pawlenty is considered a crappier governor than the guy he replaced;

JESSE VENTURA!

FACT.

Posted by: Pawlenty & Jesse Ventura | August 28, 2008 6:28 PM

I think we would all like to learn more about the magic underwear that Mormon's wear.

I for one find it odd that somebody could somehow wear a full-body undergarment EVERY DAY. You'd have to wash the thing nightly.

AND, if he doesn't wear his magic underwear every day, then he's not really a MORMON.

OH BOY will this be FUN!

Posted by: Mitt's magic underwear | August 28, 2008 6:26 PM

who really cares?

Posted by: stearm | August 28, 2008 6:19 PM

hahahaha...love the post, "The Two". Esp since nothing could be a better example of going batsh*t crazy than voting for Nader :)

But seriously dude, is there a site out there where the discourse breaks on, say, a 4:1 rational-to-congenitally-insane ratio? I'd even take 3:1.

Who am I kidding? Find me 3:2 and I'm in!

Posted by: Sammy | August 28, 2008 6:12 PM

Lieberman? He's a traitor to his own party.

Posted by: michael4 | August 28, 2008 6:09 PM

Put simply: McCain is screwed.

He can't pick Lieberman or Ridge because they're prochoice. McCain promised Rick Warren a prolife ticket.

Can't pick Romney. He's a Mormon and the evangelicals will stay home. They also hate each other and there's plenty of archival footage from the debates that would be fodder for Obama.

Kay Bailey Hutchinson. She's a woman and republicans don't like women.

Which leaves Tim Pawlenty who has cleared his schedule and IS a prolifer. His problem is he's a global warming alarmist, somewhat of a social liberal and wouldn't have won his governor's seat had it not been for a third party candidate.

Good luck Johnny. You're gonna need it!

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 6:09 PM

Man, there's some serious discourse going on here. I started reading this article thinking that I knew who I was going to vote for. But the reasonable, well rounded and thought out arguments here have put me right back at square one. You guys keep coming up with these winning arguments and I'm going to be looking at Nader soon. Geniuses

Posted by: The Two | August 28, 2008 6:04 PM

Wow, there are some crazy a$$ people out here! But, alas, I have this raging addiction to comment boards, so I will say:

1) If I were a Dem, I'd be happy with McCain taking Joe or Mitt. The former saps even more enthusiasm from the GOP base, and the latter makes a ticket of two highly privileged bazillionaires defending tax cuts for the wealthy. Unfair simplification? Yes, but so is 95% of election year politics, unfortch.

2) If I were an Independent, I'd hope that eventually McCain would run on something other than "Vote Against Obama" (esp. when he then turns around and complains about BHO being the focus of the coverage). I'm pretty sure he has more to say, but I'm not sure his handlers will ever get off the anti-message.

3) If I were a Republican, I'd be thrilled that they've managed to turn Obama's biggest strengths - his oratory and ability to inspire otherwise disconnected people into activism - into liabilities. If people don't buy into that part of him he has problems.

4) If I were sane, I'd find the idea of the GOP courting Clintonites to be one of the funniest things in the history of ever. Think back to the days of impeachment and "vast right wing conspiracies", then do a mental time jump to the recent ads. I mean, that's just high-larious.

Posted by: Sam | August 28, 2008 6:02 PM

The lobbyist and the advertisers are the same people. That's why the media love McCain. They want to keep their jobs.
Besides, Reality has a liberal bias.

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 6:01 PM

The worse forum of Plagiarism and very bad at it McCain/Bush/Cheney/Rove/Schmidt – A Presidency that has turned into a nightmare. Now Rove/Schmidt are cluttering the airwaves with negative ads trying to sell a 3rd Bush term by manipulating the Media and Voters.

Can we can believe in.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: Betsy | August 28, 2008 5:59 PM

If the GOP were having its convention now, and Obama was planning to announce his VP pick during McCain's acceptance speech, the MSM would be all over him in their self-assigned role of making McCain out to be more popular than Paris Hilton. (He still won't win.)

Posted by: jhbyer | August 28, 2008 5:58 PM

Who gives a sh!t? McShame helped himself to the loot via the Keating 5 and he's stayed crooked all his life...perfect followup to Puddinhead...crooks of a feather bond together.

Posted by: nighthawksoars | August 28, 2008 5:57 PM

Arrabbioto-
Yeah, Biden wasn't in those meetings whose records dissapeared so he gave Bush the benefit of a doubt because he loves his country and wanted to protect it. Bush lied and used 9-11 as an excuse to more than double the loss of life we suffered that day. Why don't you republicans find an island somewhere and let the rest of us get back to peace and prosperity?

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 5:57 PM

According to Yahoo News, Pawlenty has canceled numerous interviews ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:57 PM

The nerve this neophite Senator Obama has to ride the "Modern JFK" and "I Have a Dream" gravy train by making his acceptance speech in a ballpark, just like JFK did in 1960, and on the anniversary of MLK greatest message. You, sir, are no Jack Kennedy nor MLK. I guess you deserve a lesson in humility on November 2008.

Posted by: Louie | August 28, 2008 5:56 PM

A trick to try to steal Obama's thunder.

This will backfire. Instead of ignoring Obama's speech, people will ignore McCain's choice.

Unless it's a gay black Jewish woman.

Posted by: RBS | August 28, 2008 5:56 PM

Hey Charles, you need to look at your very own VP candidate, as far as staying out of wars go-you know, MR. HAIRPLUGS HIMSELF, THE PLAGIARIST, BOTTOM OF HIS LAW SCHOOL CLASS LIAR-JOE BIDEN? WHO NOW APPEARS WAS THROWING VOTES IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO HELP HIS SONS' BUSINESS INTERESTS?-THAT JOE BIDEN, WHO WAS SO FAR UP THE A SS OF THE CORPORATE LOBBYISTS HE COULDN'T, AND HASN'T, FOUND HIS WAY BACK OUT?

HE WAS SCREAMINGLY IN FAVOR OF THE WAR ON IRAQ! WHICH SHOWS YOU EXACTLY HOW MUCH FOREIGN POLICY "JUDGMENT" THIS INTELLECTUAL LIGHTWEIGHT REALLY HAS - ZERO!

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 28, 2008 5:51 PM

Hey Charles, you need to look at your very own VP candidate, as far as staying out of wars go-you know, the hairplug city, plagiarist liar-JOE BIDEN? WHO NOW IT APPEARS WAS THROWING VOTES IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO HELP HIS SONS' BUSINESS INTERESTS-THAT JOE BIDEN, WHO WAS SO FAR UP THE A SS OF THE CORPORATE LOBBYISTS HE COULDN'T, AND HASN'T, FOUND HIS WAY BACK OUT?

HE WAS SCREAMINGLY IN FAVOR OF THE WAR ON IRAQ! WHICH SHOWS YOU EXACTLY HOW MUCH FOREIGN POLICY "JUDGMENT" HE HAS - ZERO!

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 28, 2008 5:49 PM

Cheer up McCain supporters. No Republican has been voted into the presidency for twenty years. That didn't stop them from taking the job. (Ohio 2004, Florida 2000). With GOP all things are possible, except helping average Americans, balancing budgets, staying out of wars, averting terrorism....

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 5:45 PM

What a vivid thread! You demos are really drinking the kool-aid this week! Gonna be interesting to watch the fireworks when McCain wins by 20+ electoral votes - no matter who he selects as his veep.

Posted by: Lou | August 28, 2008 5:37 PM

So who'll be joining us GOP'ers in the Minneapolis Airport Mens room?

Just remember to look for the one with Snoopy out in front of it.

Posted by: GOP - Party of the Wide Stance | August 28, 2008 5:36 PM

Susan Eisenhower backs Obama/Biden. I bet Dwight would have be disgusted with the Mr. Rove and Mr. Schmidt who ran George W. Bush campaigns and now run McCains. You see voters posting Rove and Schmidt all the time now on the forums.

"Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion."
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted by: Liz | August 28, 2008 5:35 PM

From the Detroit Free-Press (5 minutes ago) Romney's home state

Why Romney is the best choice for McCain
History should prompt a close look at McCain/Romney ticket

August 28, 2008

Mitt Romney, who everyone agrees is handsome enough to play the president in a movie if not at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, made an impressive run at the Republican nomination, and held on much longer than pundits and pollsters believed he would. Vulnerable to some of the same characterizations as Quayle, namely that he is inexperienced in the global arena, the beneficiary of upper-class upbringing and somewhat unpredictable on platform issues, Romney did his best to divert the focus to his sound economic experience, his leadership in roles outside of Washington, and his sophisticated charm, all things McCain could use a little more of.

While no one could argue that McCain appeals to the foreign policy hawks on the right, Romney, like Quayle, brings a feel-good attention to family values that is sure to appeal to church-going, Middle America, even the ones who would like to get out of Iraq sooner than later.

But Romney has an edge on Quayle, who most Republicans consider an overwhelming failure, in a number of important areas. While Democrats would surely focus on Romney's flip-flopping in recent years, no one can accuse him of being stupid or feeble, especially now that the Dems spent so much time criticizing him for being too slick, rehearsed and well-spoken.
Likewise, though Romney also never served in Vietnam, his missionary work with the Mormon church is unlikely to be viewed as the kind of cowardly maneuvers associated with draft-dodging. And where Quayle made somewhat impotent attempts at addressing American morality by railing against, of all things, "Murphy Brown," Romney's interests in stumping for family values seem far more sincere and authentic, thanks to what appears to be a skeleton-less closet, a strong and long-going marriage, an unwavering faith and conservative positions on social issues.

Though Reagan was popular at the time, it's easy to forget, especially now that he's got top billing within conservative hagiography, that Americans were bitterly divided in 1988, and the hackneyed rhetoric of hope and change were sold - and bought - with alacrity. Bush was able to secure the win thanks in some part to a carefully-chosen running mate that injected his ticket with energy and easy charm, two qualities that shouldn't be underestimated in a political race. While Quayle was painted as a stupid, Indiana simpleton who dared to put family values back on the national agenda, Romney will undoubtedly be labeled an elitist rich kid and religious fanatic whose entrepreneurial success will mean permanent destitution for the working class.

Regardless of those tactics, if John McCain hopes to reach the voters he has missed until now in the general election, the former Governor of Massachusetts could be just the guy to get the job done, and maybe even with the kind of numbers seen in 1988. Forward- and backward-thinking Republicans should resist the temptation to push for safer choices for VP, and to all those who want a shot at it, McCain would be wise to say, "You, sir, are no Mitt Romney."


SPOT-ON ANALYSIS--WOULD THAT THE POST COULD DO AS WELL AS THIS

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 28, 2008 5:35 PM

What about either Condi or Colin? Wouldn't Powell rock?

Posted by: Slim Pickins | August 28, 2008 5:35 PM

Today Sesame Street is brought to you by the LETTERs: P, O and W.

And by the numbers: 7 and 2.

Posted by: Magoo equals Bush | August 28, 2008 5:34 PM

No drama here. OF COURSE it will be "Mitt".

First and foremost, he's obviously Rove's choice.

And having made his many millions by dismantling American companies, laying off tens of thousands of American workers, then selling the scraps for quick millions as a corporate raider...he's the PERFECT 21st CENTURY REPUBLICAN: "Money before country...always".

This is a no-brainer.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 28, 2008 5:32 PM

Julie Nixon and Susan Eisenhower back Barack Obama! I saw Susan being interviewd on TV the other day. But I didn't know Julie was supporting Obama.

They will really help the Obama/Biden Ticket!

Posted by: Debra | August 28, 2008 5:28 PM

Why do people copy & paste long articles from other sites?


Newsflash!
Nobody bothers to read your lame postings.

Posted by: DumbA$$Posters | August 28, 2008 5:26 PM

Anyone who's paying attention, and is honest, knows the republican party has fallen into an abyss of immorality. They wrap themselves in the flag and imitate the Pharisees when they make sure you know they go to church. They don't study history and they don't read the bible without supervision.
They've decided Jesus couldn't possibly have known what He was talking about since He was only 33 years old and never joined the military.

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 5:23 PM

Harvard Scholars and U.S. Presidents
John Adams
John Quincy Adams
Rutherford Hayes
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt
John Kennedy
Barack Obama

President and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama Contrast With D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain


Growing Up

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain was privileged, given everything by both parents, and worked for nothing.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama grew up poor, raised by his Irish-American single white mother and Irish-American white working class maternal grand parents. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama was given nothing and worked for everything.

Education

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain was a D student and graduated last in his class. D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain and McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire share failed academic records. He partied constantly and dependent on favor handouts from his high ranking father and grandfather. D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain earned nothing on his own similar to McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire. D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain is also Internet illiterate which slows down his information processing capacity. Is this good for the country?


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama worked hard and became PRESIDENT OF THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW. Everything that Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama accomplished he did on his own. Irish-American Barack Obama’s HARVARD Scholarship ranks among the best. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s hard work represents the American Dream.


Community Service

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain poor studies translated into poor performances in the military where he crashed several planes and recklessly endangered the lives of others. D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain was never trusted by his colleagues nor loved by his peers. The highlight of D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain’s career was getting shot down and becoming a prisoner. D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain served his country by getting handouts from his guards. Getting handouts seems to be D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain’s modem of operations. Will Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions McCain, who finished 894th out of 899 at the Naval Academy and who lost five jets, return competence to the White House? To lose one plane over Vietnam may be a heroic tragedy; to lose five planes here and there is carelessness.

Irish-American Barack Obama turned down large profits after graduating from HARVARD LAW to serve the community in Chicago where help was needed most. The community learned to trust and love Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama for his dedication to public service.


Marriage

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain walked out on his family to chase a younger woman who was on drugs, embezzling money from her company, stealing, and facing criminal charges, until her privileged family saved her from trial. D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain’s dysfunctional family represents chaos and lack of respect when he curses her in public.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama married an intelligent IVY LEAGUE attorney and adores his beautiful young daughters. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s First Family represents what America is striving for. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama has always been surrounded by and still maintains a great respect for women (Irish mother, Irish grandmother, sister, wife, and two daughters). If anyone is in tune with and favors the betterment of working American women, then it’s Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

International Diplomacy

The World wants no more chaotic McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire-D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain.


The World loves Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama and will follow America’s leadership behind Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

If D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain had to make another emergency landing on a deserted island with Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama onboard as one of the passengers, then it is safe to say that D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain would assume the role of Gilligan, while Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama would assume the role of the professor.


Navy pilot John Sidney D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.

His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain III was being held prisoner of war. D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

During his relative short stunt on flight status, D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral."

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an accidently fired rocket slammed into D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain's plane. He escaped from the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the ship.

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.

"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant."

When the communist learned that D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain's father was Admiral John S. Seven Mansions McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain's father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince."

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat. Since D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain got 28 medals, that equals out to a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than 7,000 hours in combat where I'm sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down.

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.

D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain has sprouted a halo and wings to become America's POW-hero presidential candidate.

Former naval officer and the owner of an OOIIILLLL-trading company that inked defense contracts worth $1 billion is the modern presidential money man. The law forbids high-level supporters from writing huge checks, but with help from friends in the Middle East D Student Undeservedly Rich Seven Mansions Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire McCain is receiving large donations.

Posted by: Mitt Romney the Pathological Liar By John McCain | August 28, 2008 5:22 PM

Just as the Qur'an perdicted, Hussein Obama will lead jihad against the Republicans!

Posted by: Rahiq Syed | August 28, 2008 5:22 PM

Bush did more for AIDS and malaria reduction in Africa than anything Clinton did.

So, does anyone else think Joe Biden has really cool earlobes?

Posted by: Bork | August 28, 2008 5:21 PM

"Former Republican" & other readers here are right on. What does McCain have to offer?? 20 undistinguished years frittererd away in the Senate, with no notable accomplishments? An unpopular war veteran inserted into flight school simply because his dad was an Admiral, then lost five multi-million dollar U.S. aircraft? 134 lives lost in an aircraft carrier accident caused by mccain because he thought it a funny prank to hotstart his engine against all naval regulations?? Regardless of party affiliation, sensible voters have little logical alternative than giving the young Senator Obama a chance- celebrity or not- he is refreshing, exciting, has substance & demonstrated brilliant leadership by running an effective, winning campaign against the powerful Hillary Clinton. Mccain's candidacy & campaign is nothing but a train wreck- not only should the GOP look to better candidates, they should look for a new Senator.

Posted by: Ron Sampson | August 28, 2008 5:20 PM

All those who want McCain for president - please tell us again all the accomplishments the Republicans have wreaked over the last eight years that you're so proud of.

Really. We want to hear them. All of them.


We're waiting.

Posted by: treetopflyer | August 28, 2008 5:17 PM


Obama will be our first Muslim President!


Posted by: Rahiq Syed | August 28, 2008 5:16 PM

Obama will be our first Muslim President!

Posted by: Rahiq Syed | August 28, 2008 5:15 PM

I care little who McCain picks. What matters most is that Joe Biden is a fabulous pick, and also will be the FIRST CATHOLIC vice president in US history!

Biden makes it very likely Obama will carry states like PA, OH, MI, IN.

Posted by: Jim | August 28, 2008 5:14 PM

Does anyone think Mitt Romney smells like an ostrich in Thousand Island salad dressing?

For that reason alone, NO TO ROMNEY.

Posted by: Borky | August 28, 2008 5:08 PM

Vote McCain/POW (and not Pow as in Chaney firing off at a buddy)

Posted by: I'm a POW | August 28, 2008 5:06 PM

Terry:

I "care" about who McCain picks.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:06 PM

I see the ignorant are out in full force on here. And you wonder why we have an idiot for President and his twin in waiting?

Posted by: Terry | August 28, 2008 5:05 PM

John:

Obama and Biden attack Bush's economic plan when we are not even in an official recession. Which means they hate Repo Men across this country of ours!

Vote McCain/Romney!

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:05 PM

McCain can't get around the fact that today's Republican Party has violated the central principles of conservatism and has replaced them with with cronyism. He deserves respect for his service, but that doesnt make up for eight years of republicans mortgaging our future to the chinese so we can continue to pay huge premiums for gas (to the saudis and their oil buddies) and fight a disasterous war in iraq so that Halliburton and KBR can get fat contracts. All while cutting taxes, but only for the very very wealthy!!! what principles are left? none. just cronyism.

Watch Susan Eisenhower, a Republican, speak tonight at the democratic convention.

Vote Honest. Vote Obama.

Posted by: Former Republican | August 28, 2008 5:05 PM

Why hasn't the Post written an article about the constant P.O.W. excuse? Every question seems to be answered with, "Oh, I was a P.O.W." Exactly how does that make McCain qualified for office?

Posted by: homer | August 28, 2008 5:05 PM

Who really cares who Bluster McCain picks as his VP. His hands are bound by the fanatical Right Wing.

Give it up John even my 82 year old mother thinks you are too old.

Posted by: Terry | August 28, 2008 5:03 PM

Amen, say it again:

I'm John McCain--I'm a POW and here's my story...

*****************
McCain was out one day killing people, got caught and locked up. If that's a qualification to be president, then Charles Manson might might be an appropriate V.P. choice.
Anyone who brags about not knowing any better than to avoid an unjust war is an ideal republican candidate.
Also, he said through clenched teeth, " I know how to win wars!" Typical republican rewrite of history. (We lost the only war he in which he fought.) Getting captured is not a winning strategy.
The biggest threat to American national security and the Constitution is today's republican party.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:02 PM

We already know who John McCain's running mate(s) will be:

P, O and W.

Posted by: POW | August 28, 2008 5:02 PM

The Food Network Interviews John McCain;

Interviewer: Presidential campaigning is grueling. Are you able to make time for breakfast while on the campaign trail?

McCain: As a POW in Vietnam, I wasn't served breakfast. Sometimes, I was lucky enough to find a bug. But, that was hardly a meal and less nutritious than what's in a small bowl of fruit loops.


Interviewer: What's your favorite ice cream?

McCain: My friends, there is nothing quite like " Häagen-Daz Hanoi."

Interviewer: And , how do you like your steak?

McCain: I was once tied to a stake while being held prisoner during the Vietnam war...

Interviewer: Let's move on...Which do you prefer, beer or wine?

McCain: People say I whine a lot about my Vietnam POW experience, about my stint as a Civil War Calveryman...My friends, this is all that I am.

Interviewer: Ok...Thank you for your time, Mr. McCain.

McCain: I heard no "Thank You's" as a POW...

Interviewer: Yes, I think we get it. The Food Network Interviews John McCain;

Interviewer: Presidential campaigning is a lot of long hours on the road. Are you able to make time for breakfast while on the campaign trail?

McCain: As a POW in Vietnam, I wasn't served breakfast. Sometimes, I found a bug. But, that was hardly a meal and less nutritious than what's in a small bowl of fruit loops.

Interviewer: What's your favorite ice cream?

McCain: My friends, there is nothing quite like " Häagen-Daz Hanoi."

Interviewer: And , how do you like your steak?

McCain: I was once tied to a stake while being held prisoner during the Vietnam war...

Interviewer: Let's move on...Which do you prefer, beer or wine?

McCain: People say I whine a lot about my Vietnam POW experience, about my stint as a Civil War Calveryman...My friends, this is all that I am.
Interviewer: Ok...Thank you for your time, Mr. McCain.

McCain: I heard no "Thank You's" as a POW...
Interviewer: Yes, I think we get it. ...Crackers with warm milk?

Posted by: C Grovey | August 28, 2008 5:01 PM

Rove and Schmidt attack plywood Democrat Convention stage! Which means McCain hates Carpenters! Republican Attack Machine will do and attack anything to sell the American people a 3 rd Bush Term.

Vote Obama/Biden!

Posted by: John | August 28, 2008 5:00 PM

This quote just in from McCain about one of his lifelong friends:

"Spanky is O'Tay".

Posted by: Magoo, older than dirt | August 28, 2008 5:00 PM

Now that my Democrats are well on their way to wrapping up a successful convention, it's fun to watch McCain's v-p dilemma. He can either pick a right-wing Bible-thumper (Pawlenty) or a moderate pro-choice person (Ridge), but either way either the right-wingnuts or the moderates and independents will abandon his campaign. He can't straddle this issue to the satisfaction of one side or the other.

Posted by: oldhonky | August 28, 2008 5:00 PM

Ok jdunn,

Just wanted to make sure.

Every wide-stance GOP'r knows that the ONLY think more important than keeping the whitehouse visitation logs secret is remembering to bring an adequate supply of meth when you visit the men's room at the Minneapolis airport.

Plus I've invited Republicans; Dan Crane, newt gingrich, bob packwood (hilarious name), and mark foley.

There will plenty for everyone!

Posted by: Magoo equals Bush | August 28, 2008 4:57 PM

and Obama is going to win all fifty states or i will hold my breath until i turn blue and then in my dying breath cry that the election is fixed because the country owes an obligation to elect a man who has no history of political or private sector accomplishment as President. WAKE UP BLEEDING HEARTS>>THIS IS NOT YOUR MOMENT

Posted by: joebama | August 28, 2008 4:54 PM

Hi My Name is John McSame and I'm a POW, lol!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:54 PM

Posted by: hmm | August 28, 2008 4:54 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:54 PM

McCain advisers teased that they will air an "exciting" and "historic" ad just at the moment that Sen. Barack Obama takes to the stage for his speech.

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Tacky.

Shame on them.

Makes them look downright moronic, and here they are, trying to convince Americans, (and the world), they're intelligent, worthy of the Presidency.

Showing contempt for your opponent isn't the way, very classy, world class diplomatic move on the part of McCain's stupid lobbyists...

Same thing that turned people off to Obama, in his treatment of Clinton.

Posted by: Plouffe savage, Jr. | August 28, 2008 4:51 PM

"advisers teased that they will air an 'exciting' and 'historic' ad just at the moment that Sen. Barack Obama takes to the stage for his speech."

Is this the McCain flacks' idea of campaign Shock & Awe?

More worthy of a High School campaign.

Tilly, I like your suggestion of Leslie Byrne, it gives her another office to run for right away.

My choice is Brit Hume.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | August 28, 2008 4:51 PM

Here you go, just out from US News and World Report-the money is on Romney of course, he's the only logical choice:

GOP Focus for McCain Veep On Romney, Then Lieberman and Pawlenty

August 28, 2008 04:04 PM ET | Paul Bedard | Permanent Link


Close advisers to Sen. John McCain continue to drop hints today that the top three running mate possibilities are former foe Mitt Romney, Senate pal Joe Lieberman, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. However, they emphasize that only the closest McCain aides know the truth and that the speculation is based on who would bring more to the ticket—and hurt it the least. "I say it's 75 percent Mitt and 25 percent 'Joementum,'" says a former top McCain aide who still has the ear of the campaign. Another ally pointed to Pawlenty because he has close ties to conservatives, is from a state that McCain needs to win but is too close in the polls to Sen. Barack Obama, and represents a younger fresh face.

One signal that Romney topped the list was a tip to Whispers that U.S. Secret Service officials were visiting Romney's family members, presumably to conduct a security sweep and pick them up for a potential trip to Ohio where McCain plans to formally announce his pick.

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 28, 2008 4:50 PM

Julie Nixon and Susan Eisenhower back Barack Obama
As their family names make clear, Susan Eisenhower and her sister-in-law Julie Nixon Eisenhower hail from Republican presidential aristocracy. But the two lifelong Republicans are spurning those loyalties this year to back Barack Obama for the nation's top job.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/1944612/US-Elections-Julie-Nixon-and-Susan-Eisenhower-back-Barack-Obama.html

Posted by: Chuck | August 28, 2008 4:49 PM

For McCain's VP pick...just the same old, same old.....just another rich, old white guy.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | August 28, 2008 4:49 PM

For McCain's VP pick...just the same old, same old.....just another rich, old white guy.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | August 28, 2008 4:48 PM

The Associated Press is reporting "McCain Denies Making VP Choice."

Actually, he probably DID decide but can't remember who it was.

Posted by: dcUnited99 | August 28, 2008 2:38 PM
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LOL, LOL, LOL...McSame does not speak for the McSame Campaign, LOL, LOL, LOL..."I don't recall saying I've made my choice; what I said is I didn't have a choice when I spent 5 years as a POW", LOL, LOL, LOL...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:48 PM

@ Magoo equals bush:

Are you ignorant or something? Of course I called Ted! Who do you think is going to bring the crystal meth?

Oh, and Karl just texted me. He's going to be bringing Jeff Gannon, a/k/a Jeff Guckert as his date. They are THE Washington couple this year!

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 4:48 PM

John McCain is O'tay.

Sincerely,

Buckwheat

Posted by: Magoo, older than dirt | August 28, 2008 4:47 PM

I saw this ad and it does link to McCain's website. Is this a leak?

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/McCain_ad_suggests_Lieberman_strong_contender_0826.html

Posted by: Confused | August 28, 2008 4:46 PM

Hey did you invite Ted Haggard to minneapolis? Ted liked to get tweaked too. Haggard from CO springs so he's probably working the men's rooms at the Denver Airport.

I only hope he, Foley, Gunkert can all join in for plenty of Hot Karls in Minneapolis.

Are all evangelicals a bunch of toe-tapping, wide-stance gays or are they just hypocrits?

Posted by: Magoo equals Bush | August 28, 2008 4:45 PM

Hey Dianne72,
I hear there's a Klan rally in Minnesota next week. I'm sure you'd be right at home.

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 4:44 PM

Once, John McCain was a hero. But after years of living in luxury provided by unearned wealth, he has shriveled into an arrogant, flabby, pathetic little weenie.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:43 PM

Worth repeating for latecomers; well-said!!!

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McCain was out one day killing people, got caught and locked up. If that's a qualification to be president, then Charles Manson might might be an appropriate V.P. choice.
Anyone who brags about not knowing any better than to avoid an unjust war is an ideal republican candidate.
Also, he said through clenched teeth, " I know how to win wars!" Typical republican rewrite of history. (We lost the only war he in which he fought.) Getting captured is not a winning strategy.
The biggest threat to American national security and the Constitution is today's republican party.


Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 3:51 PM

Posted by: abqcleve | August 28, 2008 4:42 PM

Hey Reagan Youth - come and join our party in the Minneapolis airport bathroom - home of the GOP convention. Mark Foley just called and wanted to know if any hot twinks would be cruising the toilets. I think you fit the bill rather nicely. Please shave your chest. Mr. Foley likes his boys hairless. BTW, is Reagan Youth anything like Hitler Youth? Please wear your Nazi wardrobe as it gets all us Republicans hard and ready for man to man action.

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 4:41 PM

I feel so cheated. I didn't get a Dirty Sanchez. I'll have to ask Karl Rove about that next time.

If it's Mitt, then I do hope he brings the Magic Underwear to the men's restroom in the Minneapolis airport bathroom.
That's where the Roll Call to nominate John McBush will be taking place and where the hottest man to man action in America will be taking place.

I can't wait to try on Mitt's Magic Underwear on and poop in them the same way old man McGoo poops himself!

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 4:38 PM

McCain's a Baptist, (When he's on a Faith based telivision show.)

Last time I checked the Baptist convention forbids prohibits its members from engaging in the sale or distrubtion of alcholic beverages. Where did his modest millions come from again?

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 4:38 PM

Those who cast the votes control nothing
Those who count the votes control everything.

Josef Stalin

Posted by: pablo3rd | August 28, 2008 4:38 PM

Obama is a cocaine addicted closet homosexual.

Posted by: Reagan Youth | August 28, 2008 4:37 PM

Of course, McCain spent 5 and a half years in a place where he couldn't choose his dinner, much less a running mate.
Leave him alone!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:22 PM
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Oh here we go again; McSame = a noun, a verb-POW. Does this man have any other positions other than "of course I don't know how many houses I have, I spent 5 years in a house where I didn't have a chair", lol...in that case you should be pretty good at standing--for something. But not, you seem to fall for "I was a noun, a verb as a result of being a POW." Get over it; my brother died in Viet Nam after being injuired and given the option of leaving, but he decided to to stay and died saving the life of a fellow soldier. I wish he could complain about having gone back on the field after being shot. But I know him well enough to know that he never would given the chance.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:33 PM

McCain-(Jeb) Bush '08!
McCain-Scarborough '08!
McCain-Bernanke '08!
McCain-(Liddy) Dole '08!
Mccain-Dobbs '08!

Oh gosh, I can go on forever and ever. They all sound so right.

Regardless of the pick, McCain should hire some hackers to disrupt the live feed from Mile High and inject his little commercial into it. That's a sure way to attract new voters to a dead party. "Hey ya'll! Never mind what that other guy's sayin'. I'm gonna change the country with my man Joe Lieberman!"

Posted by: Meepo | August 28, 2008 4:33 PM

NoNo says vote Mccain bad juju.

Posted by: No No | August 28, 2008 4:32 PM

Barak Obama proved why November's presidential election will end in a 50-state sweep. John McCain has no chance. It's like George Bush climbing into the ring with Mike Tyson; one thundering left hook and the Crawford Caligula would be sprawled across the canvas. "No mas"! The same fate awaits the crabby senator from Arizona. The polls are skewed to look like there's a political horse-race going on. There isn't. It's a complete rout. There's one well-toned thoroughbred striding from venue to venue electrifying the ever-increasing throngs, and one doddering, old mare limping towards the glue-factory. Someone should put a stop to it before McCain gets hurt.

At the Victory Column in Berlin's Tiergarten, Obama extracted Old Glory from the burn-pile and gave Brand America a desperately needed shot of adrenaline. 200,000 ecstatic Germans jammed the streets in what turned out to be the political shindig of the year. Many of them were waving American flags and chanting, "Obama, Obama, Obama". It was like Jack Kennedy had risen from his moldy sepulcher and made his way across the pond for one last rousing ovation. Obama has the very same affect on crowds. Its a gift and he knows how to use it to great advantage.

"People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment, this is our time," Obama boomed. "I know my country has not perfected itself, we've made our share of mistakes and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. But the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another."

What can we say about Obama's oratory skills that hasn't already been said? He is one of those unique characters who knows how to tap into the collective psyche and put them under his spell. He is the closest thing to a Pied Piper we've seen in the last half century. Whatever one thinks of his politics, his speeches are a welcome reprieve from the simian blabbering of President Dimwit.

"I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen; a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world." (Roaring applause)

JOHN McCAIN: Maverick or Freak?
Have you taken a look at the crowds at a McCain event. Usually, there aren't any. Typically, there are more journalists and cameramen then people; and even they look bored. It's the truth. He generates no enthusiasm at all. None. He may be the most uninspiring, tedious, pure-vanilla candidate of all time; a complete dud. I challenge anyone to recite from memory anything John McCain has ever said in his 40 years in office. Time's up! When McCain begins to talk, its a signal for women to pull out the nail-files and for men to figure out how they're going to get out of cutting the lawn this week. Really. No one listens.

And the people that do manage to drag themselves to his speeches out of a sense of obligation are (you guessed it) scowling white guys with baseball caps pulled tightly over their ears or nearly-ambulatory Korea-era Vets who think the United Nations is a communist front-group that's planning to air-drop blue-helmets into Duluth to take over the United States. Tin-foil hats anyone?

Popularity and charisma, how does one survive in politics with neither. That's the question, and it may be the biggest mystery of McCain's candidacy. He's just not a likable guy. No one ever talks about hanging out and having a beer with John McCain, because they know that he might go "Jackie Chan" and start busting the place up. And he's utterly impossible to listen to. His high-pitched squeaky voice is about two octaves higher than a dog-whistle and twice as annoying. So how is he going to beat Obama. It's a total mismatch.

McCain is the perfect candidate for the GOP Republic party that has completely collapsed. He's like the "Jolly Roger" on the front of an iodine bottle; Brand X. In 2000, the Republican Party boasted it was the "party of ideas". What ideas? The Republican Party has never had ideas because the corporate mandarins and blue-blooded kleptocrats that run the party are suspicious of ideas, ideology, doctrine, philosophy or anything else that veers from their primary objectives of crushing the poor, despoiling the environment, carpet-bombing brown people wherever they may be, and enriching themselves. That's all they care about. The task of the right-wing think-tanks is to treat "war and tax cuts" like they're ideas. They're not. But war and tax cuts ARE the two foundation blocks of the Republican Party. There's nothing else; there never has been. Don't look for ideas; there aren't any. GOP Republican get rich quick by defrauding the American People, robbing the National Treasury, sending American jobs overseas, and raising the national debt.

Hold Bush, Cheney, Rice, and McCain accountable for the crimes they've committed during their time in office.

Obama is not a candidate; he's a phenomenon. Obama is an explosive, vital, charismatic politician. When he speaks people feel better about themselves and their country. And, they're more hopeful about the future, too. That's what makes him unbeatable.

McCain, on the other hand, is the perfect embodiment of his party; a rusty, broken-down hulk that's been stripped of its engine, its fenders and all its moving parts. Even the steering wheel is gone. It's a dead-loss; nothing is salvageable.

McCain is in way over his head. This election is going to be a real embarrassment for him. It's too bad. He should be back at the Phoenix Rest Home shooing kids off the front lawn instead of waiting for the ax to fall in November. It's a rotten way to end a career.

Posted by: GOP International Affairs | August 28, 2008 4:32 PM

Posted by: McBush | August 28, 2008 4:30 PM

I hope magoo picks that porno star that ran for governor of CA.

If magoo gets to be president he won't need cindy's money anymore.

So he might as well dump her for a porn star.

He certainly has no more ethic than that.

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | August 28, 2008 4:30 PM

Anonymous - please tell more lies, about Obama being a Muslim, about how the Dems have controlled the House for the past 6 years, etc. Do you take requests? Could we hear something about the orbiting alien fleet that will uncloak and attack when Obama gives the signal? Or about the evil signals he beams through your fillings when you're asleep? Perhaps you can concoct a really hyper-scary fantasy about his crime ring selling counterfeit Elmo dolls and other knockoffs made in Korea.

I'm so eager and ready to be thrilled by all your titillating fables - fiction is SO much more entertaining than truth. Can't wait for your next installment.

Posted by: treetopflyer | August 28, 2008 4:30 PM

Gee Willikers Batman, is bennbyoo a moron or what? Uhh hello? Anybody up there in that cave you call a head? Little raisin man's brainwash ray is working on bennbyoo! he actually believes raisin man! Raisin man who has 7-11 houses, who don't know how many. Hey Batman, do you think bennbyoo has 7 houses? No boy blunder, bennbyoo lives in a 1 bedroom apt with a pic of McCstain on the wall. Oh I see Batman, he's too stupid to know better! yes boy blunder, we can't be mean the mentally challenged like bennbyoo. He's only middle class!

We have your sign bennbyoo "TARD"

Posted by: Dan for dems for OBAMA | August 28, 2008 4:29 PM

Just remember when the Walls streeters pump the juice for mccstatus quo rember that it was the gop mob that literally hooked up a supersucker vaccumm pump up to the us treasury and at this very moment taking that pig to the wall. So when ya hear those big money boys wailing and gnashing their teeth over Obama just remember that swilling with mmccain is now thier uber money daddy. big surprise.

Posted by: NoNo | August 28, 2008 4:29 PM

hey jdunn,

Did your Hot Karl come with a Dirty Sanchez?

Mine did!

Can't wait to wipe on Mitt's magic underwear.

Posted by: Magoo equals Bush | August 28, 2008 4:28 PM

I was out killing people and got locked up. Vote for me.
McCain

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 4:27 PM

I am hoping that Mr. McCain crosses party lines and picks former U.S. Rep. Leslie Byrne, who is also known for her bipartisanship.

Posted by: Tilly | August 28, 2008 4:26 PM

Cindy McCain holds all the purse strings in the McCain household.

That means long ago, she removed McCain's testicles and put them in her vanity drawer. We know who wears the pants in that house.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:25 PM

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McCain is a Natural Born leader and will not risk losing the election. That is why I say he will Pick Mitt/McCain as the President and Vice President. He must Win first to and He Must Pull out all the Stops to win. He Must Show True Leadership to Win that means McCain only Choice For America is Mitt/McCain !

Posted by: Nicklan | August 28, 2008 3:30 PM
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Are you stupid or did you just get it right, lol? Mitt/McCain = Mitt as Presidential Nominee and McCain as VP. That's a better ticket actually than McCain/Mitt, lol

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:23 PM

John McCain is an adorable little eunuch, George W. Bush's cute pet.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:22 PM

jdunn:

Very funny (not).

Laura'sB___:

There's plenty different about McCain and Bush -- only ONE wants to be President anymore ; )

charlie:

Was Barack APOLLO Obama planning to take another vacation next week, out of respect for the GOP Convention? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 4:20 PM

Holy stupid, Batman!

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IF you think for one minute that Muslum OBAMA is not a typical politician then the DEMS. are even more stupid then I thought. You or I don't get special mortgage loans like Muslum OBAMA did. And there's not a snow balls chance in hell I or any sane person would ever vote to put a man who's faith is against america. And one last thing, the last 6 years we had a DEMOCRATIC lead congress and what have they done to change it?????????????

Posted by: bennbyoo | August 28, 2008 4:20 PM

Once, John McCain was a war hero. Now, after living for decades in luxury provided by inherited wealth, Mr. McCain has become a flabby, shallow, pathetic little weenie.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:18 PM

IF you think for one minute that Muslum OBAMA is not a typical politician then the DEMS. are even more stupid then I thought. You or I don't get special mortgage loans like Muslum OBAMA did. And there's not a snow balls chance in hell I or any sane person would ever vote to put a man who's faith is against america. And one last thing, the last 6 years we had a DEMOCRATIC lead congress and what have they done to change it?????????????

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:17 PM

The Food Network Interviews John McCain;

Interviewer: Presidential campaigning is a lot of long hours on the road. Are you able to make time for breakfast while on the campaign trail?

McCain: As a POW in Vietnam, I wasn't served breakfast. Sometimes, I was lucky enough to find a bug. But, that was hardly a meal and less nutritious than what's in a small bowl of fruit loops.

Interviewer: What's your favorite ice cream?

McCain: My friends, there's nothing quite like "Häagen-Daz Hanoi."

Interviewer: And , how do you like your steak?

McCain: I was once tied to a stake while being held prisoner during the Vietnam war...

Interviewer: Let's move on...Which do you prefer, beer or wine?

McCain: People say I whine a lot about my Vietnam POW experience, about my stint as a Civil War Calveryman...My friends, this is all that I am.

Interviewer: Ok...Thank you for your time, Mr. McCain.

McCain: I heard no "Thank You's" as a POW...

Interviewer: Yes, I think we get it.
...Some crackers and warm milk?

Posted by: Charles Grove | August 28, 2008 4:17 PM

well, if all the attack ads didn't put finish to mccain's early promise to run a polite and meaningful campaign, announcing Veep on a night when, in the past, decorum demanded that you let the other guy have his show, you'll get yours, certainly does.

Just plain tacky. So sad that he's this desperate.

Posted by: charlie | August 28, 2008 4:16 PM

McCAIN and GEORGE W. BUSH--They have more in common than you think!!

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Russia invades Georgia and President Bush goes on vacation. Our president has spent one-third of his entire two terms in office either at Camp David, Maryland, or at Crawford, Texas, on vacation.

His time away from the Oval Office included the month leading up to 9/11, when there were signs Osama bin Laden was planning to attack America, and the time Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans.

Sen. John McCain takes weekends off and limits his campaign events to one a day. He made an exception for the religious forum on Saturday at Saddleback Church in Southern California.

I think he made a big mistake. When he was invited last spring to attend a discussion of the role of faith in his life with Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, McCain didn't bother to show up. Now I know why.

It occurs to me that John McCain is as intellectually shallow as our current president. When asked what his Christian faith means to him, his answer was a one-liner. "It means I'm saved and forgiven." Great scholars have wrestled with the meaning of faith for centuries. McCain then retold a story we've all heard a hundred times about a guard in Vietnam drawing a cross in the sand.

Asked about his greatest moral failure, he cited his first marriage, which ended in divorce. While saying it was his greatest moral failing, he offered nothing in the way of explanation. Why not?
Throughout the evening, McCain chose to recite portions of his stump speech as answers to the questions he was being asked. Why? He has lived 71 years. Surely he has some thoughts on what it all means that go beyond canned answers culled from the same speech he delivers every day.

He was asked "if evil exists." His response was to repeat for the umpteenth time that Osama bin Laden is a bad man and he will pursue him to "the gates of hell." That was it.

He was asked to define rich. After trying to dodge the question -- his wife is worth a reported $100 million -- he finally said he thought an income of $5 million was rich.

One after another, McCain's answers were shallow, simplistic, and trite. He showed the same intellectual curiosity that George Bush has -- virtually none.

Where are John McCain's writings exploring the vexing moral issues of our time? Where are his position papers setting forth his careful consideration of foreign policy, the welfare state, education, America's moral responsibility in the world, etc., etc., etc.?

John McCain graduated 894th in a class of 899 at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. His father and grandfather were four star admirals in the Navy. Some have suggested that might have played a role in McCain being admitted. His academic record was awful. And it shows over and over again whenever McCain is called upon to think on his feet.

He no longer allows reporters unfettered access to him aboard the "Straight Talk Express" for a reason. He simply makes too many mistakes. Unless he's reciting talking points or reading from notes or a TelePrompTer, John McCain is lost. He can drop bon mots at a bowling alley or diner -- short glib responses that get a chuckle, but beyond that McCain gets in over his head very quickly.

I am sick and tired of the president of the United States embarrassing me. The world we live in is too complex to entrust it to someone else whose idea of intellectual curiosity and grasp of foreign policy issues is to tell us he can look into Vladimir Putin's eyes and see into his soul.

George Bush's record as a student, military man, businessman and leader of the free world is one of constant failure. And the part that troubles me most is he seems content with himself.

He will leave office with the country $10 trillion in debt, fighting two wars, our international reputation in shambles, our government cloaked in secrecy and suspicion that his entire presidency has been a litany of broken laws and promises, our citizens' faith in our own country ripped to shreds. Yet Bush goes bumbling along, grinning and spewing moronic one-liners, as though nobody understands what a colossal failure he has been.

I fear to the depth of my being that John McCain is just like him.

Posted by: Laura'sBush | August 28, 2008 4:15 PM

This is a major head fake attempting to draw some attention away from the Dem convention. It's a fairly desperate tactic it seems to me, a a bit childish really.

Posted by: John | August 28, 2008 4:15 PM

Democracy is largely a gamble about who might govern best; and the right to vote is little more than a right to roll the dice.

Why then, do millions of people the world over fight for this right? Because the most important function of democracy is not to choose good governments but to throw out bad ones. It is the right to eject bad governments that prevents tyranny, makes government serve the people, discourages corruption and keeps most democratic nations at peace most of the time.

- Anatole Koletsky

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:15 PM

Actually, If McBush wins, I hear that Karl Rove will be named SecDef. Secretary of Defecation that is. Nobody gives a Hot Karl like Karl Rove! Steamy, mass and great texture! Karl Rove for Secretary of Defecation in the McGoo Administration!!

Hey, you want to join Larry Craig, Karl and me in the Minneapolis Airport restroom for some hot action? Your posts show you have the Republican bona fides to add to the hot man to man action that will be taking place there.

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 4:13 PM

Christie Todd Whitman: It's My Party Too

I agree. Let the best woman win.

Posted by: MostOffensive | August 28, 2008 4:13 PM

dee:

There are over a hundred posts about it here on this thread alone. Especially if he announces a WOMAN Vice Presidential nominee right before Obama speaks, that might just make some news ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 4:11 PM

jdunn:

I've heard that Lieberman wants to be SecDef.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 4:10 PM

Oblivious to the Obvious - you criticize the british? They were the ones who told you that bush wanted to go to war regardless of the truth! But i guess truth don't matter with your or your candidate. Liar, Loser, Lame, "I'm John McCstain and I approve this message. Wait, it's about me! Can I take it back? I don't have a teleprompter in front of me, someone please help!!! Can I take it back? lololol Old little raisin man, forgot his lines. Awwwww, please give him someone young so we can see just how OLD HE IS! LOL The run is over for McCstank!

Posted by: Robert from Seattle | August 28, 2008 4:09 PM

I think he needs to pick Leiberman. Those two along with Lindsey would would be a great trio for a three stooges act. I mean let's get serious, Bush's tragic comedy over the past eight years is a tough act to follow. Invading the WRONG country and killing a couple hundred thousand people. Moe never thought of that one. Huge tax cuts to the richest people in our country and starting two wars. Now THAT's comedy. Spending like a drunken sailor, selling off our infrastructure, and borrowing HUGE sums of money from China? That's a comedy classic. The Republicans truly need to keep intelligent Americans and the rest of the world entertained.

Posted by: MikeMcNally | August 28, 2008 4:09 PM

That story is only a little true. Do you actually think Mccain was in a position to tell them who would leave and who would stay. In fact they if they wanted, would have let him go as a propaganda play to embarrass his father.

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McCain was given the opportunity to go home and said no. He paid for that with years of extra suffering. He deserves praise for that. Had I been in his shoes, I'd have asked, "What do I sign and point me south."

Still doesn't qualify him to be president. Still doesn't excuse ditching his wife. Still doesn't excuse his involvement with Charles Keating. Or his war vote, his innumerable flipflops, or his desire to continue Bush's failed policies.

There plainly is no excuse for John McCain.

Posted by: treetopflyer | August 28, 2008 4:05 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:09 PM

Today, of all days, is anyone paying attention to anything the GOP does or says? To announce the VP pick today would result in it being buried under a tsumani of Obama news today and tomorrow.

McCain should wait until Friday night around 10 p.m., step outside the front door of one of his seven houses, and whisper his choice to the whistling wind. He would get much more media coverage that way.

Posted by: dee | August 28, 2008 4:09 PM

I wonder if John McBush will be asking Karl Rove to put out another push poll in the South asking if southern voters could ever vote for a man for President that fathered a black child out of wedlock.

Posted by: John McCain has no shame and no principles | August 28, 2008 4:06 PM

McCain was given the opportunity to go home and said no. He paid for that with years of extra suffering. He deserves praise for that. Had I been in his shoes, I'd have asked, "What do I sign and point me south."

Still doesn't qualify him to be president. Still doesn't excuse ditching his wife. Still doesn't excuse his involvement with Charles Keating. Or his war vote, his innumerable flipflops, or his desire to continue Bush's failed policies.

There plainly is no excuse for John McCain.

Posted by: treetopflyer | August 28, 2008 4:05 PM

Nothing to gain and everything to lose. Just another example they don't know what the heck they are doing.
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It's cheesy to announce the VP pick hours before Obama's speech. Like him or not, it's a historic moment for America, especially for those of us who remember when King was assassinated.

But when was the GOP ever classy?

Posted by: Dav Laurel | August 28, 2008 4:02 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:05 PM

"Got to scrape that sh!t right off your shoe"

-- Mick Jagger in the Rolling Stone's Sweet Virginia

Posted by: @VoteMcGooHe's72 | August 28, 2008 4:03 PM

COULD JOHN MCCAIN BE THIS INSANE?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CdKuLRmg8k&feature=related
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There is no question, the POW issue does not, I repeat, does not qualify McCain to be President of the United States.

In fact, his judgment is at risk for the years of confinement and one wonders what, if any, damage to his mental abilities were a result of his confinement. That said, we all know PTSD should be a question someone must and should ask. Afterall, the President could begin a nuclear disaster with an order ill directed.

But, all...I do have a question. McCain parachute came down in the middle of the lake in downtown Hanoi. At that time, Hanoi was off limits to all US aircraft.

WHAT WAS MCCAIN DOING "DOWNTOWN". Some in the blog or TV business should ask him this question.

Posted by: LTC US Army | August 28, 2008 3:59 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:03 PM

It's cheesy to announce the VP pick hours before Obama's speech. Like him or not, it's a historic moment for America, especially for those of us who remember when King was assassinated.

But when was the GOP ever classy?

Posted by: Dav Laurel | August 28, 2008 4:02 PM

Hey VoteMaGooHes72 -

Please hook up with Karl, Larry and me! Just use a wide stance and tap your feet! The man on man action will be hot, and Karl has already told me he'd be happy to be a toilet for all us so we can make some nice German style Scheiße videos!

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 4:01 PM

If its Tom Ridge we take that scrappy kid from Scranton over him any time. If its Gov. Tim Gov. Tim Pawlenty then McCain's running to the the right. If its Mitt thats how many house combined? If its Lieberman we are courting Independent voters. But We are serious in courting General Colin Powell, David Brook amd George Will Fans.

Democrats and Obamacans courting all Republican and Independent voters -

The Chantay's - Pipeline (Lawrence Welk Show)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j09C8clJaXo

Dean Martin & John Wayne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd5xBDdG9UI

Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZBUb0ElnNY

Obamacan's - “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” William F. Buckley, Jr. quote

Isaiah 40:31

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Yeil Raven's Sister | August 28, 2008 4:01 PM

Rove also said a few days ago in an unguarded moment, Mccain can't win and laid out his reasoning why. He was on Greta's show. I doubt any other Fox person would have let him continue, they would have cut him off as soon as they caught his gist.
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Everything that is wrong with the conservative idea of governance can be summed up in this paragraph:

Asked by Fox's Chris Wallace whether Lieberman would be a good running mate, Rove said, "He would be great for the country" but added that Lieberman would create political problems for McCain at the convention and in the campaign to come.

Rove cares more about maintaining party poltics than a person who he admits would be "great for the country."


Posted by: G2-Pa | August 28, 2008 3:56 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:01 PM

There is no question, the POW issue does not, I repeat, does not qualify McCain to be President of the United States.

In fact, his judgment is at risk for the years of confinement and one wonders what, if any, damage to his mental abilities were a result of his confinement. That said, we all know PTSD should be a question someone must and should ask. Afterall, the President could begin a nuclear disaster with an order ill directed.

But, all...I do have a question. McCain parachute came down in the middle of the lake in downtown Hanoi. At that time, Hanoi was off limits to all US aircraft.

WHAT WAS MCCAIN DOING "DOWNTOWN". Some in the blog or TV business should ask him this question.

Posted by: LTC US Army | August 28, 2008 3:59 PM

I was in a men's room at the Minneapolis airport one time getting some action (as mentioned by jdunn).

And while I was waiting for my Hot Karl, somebody with a really wide stance reached their foot into my stall and etched a cross in the mess on the floor and suddenly I knew how magoo felt (if you know what I mean).

Posted by: VoteMcGooHe's72 | August 28, 2008 3:57 PM


Bookmark this by the way, it is interesting to watch

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See what the people who put their money where their mouth is say.

http://www.intrade.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:55 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:56 PM

Dave Addington! He's the man!

Posted by: Nick | August 28, 2008 3:56 PM


Everything that is wrong with the conservative idea of governance can be summed up in this paragraph:

Asked by Fox's Chris Wallace whether Lieberman would be a good running mate, Rove said, "He would be great for the country" but added that Lieberman would create political problems for McCain at the convention and in the campaign to come.

Rove cares more about maintaining party poltics than a person who he admits would be "great for the country."


Posted by: G2-Pa | August 28, 2008 3:56 PM

In retrospect, I just can't see any way that McCain can overcome the age issue. Even if he picks a younger man, he'll simply be making the contrast that much clearer.

Although I'm pro-life, I still understand the need for a woman's right to choose. McCain needs to take that case to the public.

McCain 2008!

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 3:55 PM


See what the people who put their money where their mouth is say.

http://www.intrade.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:55 PM

Karl Rove just called, and he wants to hook up with Larry Craig and me in the Minneapolis airport bathrooms!! I can't wait to sink my meat missle into Karl's soft fleshy buttocks!! He even promised to give me a Hot Karl after I finish.

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 3:46 PM

why is trash like this allowed to remain posted? JDunn is a waste of human genetic material and the Post should be ashamed of letting this tripe remain on their website.

Posted by: colorado kool aid | August 28, 2008 3:55 PM

Gee thanks for pointing out a lazy British article that contains half truths.

The Brits are famous for not doing any, you know, research into their reporting. Thanks for just taking a little factoid you read on a blog and running with it.....but then that's probably the poor logic you're using to support a Democratic candidate this fall.

Posted by: Oblivious to the Obvious | August 28, 2008 3:52 PM

McCain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children.

But there is another Mrs McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written about, despite being mother to McCain’s three eldest children.

And yet, had events turned out differently, it would be she, rather than Cindy, who would be vying to be First Lady. She is McCain’s first wife, Carol, who was a famous beauty and a successful swimwear model when they married in 1965.

She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and torture in Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news.

But when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive internal injuries.

When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons

had been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter.

Through sheer hard work, Carol learned to walk again. But when John McCain came home from Vietnam, she had gained a lot of weight and bore little resemblance to her old self.

Today, she stands at just 5ft4in and still walks awkwardly, with a pronounced limp. Her body is held together by screws and metal plates and, at 70, her face is worn by wrinkles that speak of decades of silent suffering.

For nearly 30 years, Carol has maintained a dignified silence about the accident, McCain and their divorce. But last week at the bungalow where she now lives at Virginia Beach, a faded seaside resort 200 miles south of Washington, she told The Mail on Sunday how McCain divorced her in 1980 and married Cindy, 18 years his junior and the heir to an Arizona brewing fortune, just one month later.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:52 PM

Magoo's campaign = a noun, a verb and 'POW'...

...and now: MAGIC MORMON UNDERWEAR!

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | August 28, 2008 3:52 PM

McCain was out one day killing people, got caught and locked up. If that's a qualification to be president, then Charles Manson might might be an appropriate V.P. choice.
Anyone who brags about not knowing any better than to avoid an unjust war is an ideal republican candidate.
Also, he said through clenched teeth, " I know how to win wars!" Typical republican rewrite of history. (We lost the only war he in which he fought.) Getting captured is not a winning strategy.
The biggest threat to American national security and the Constitution is today's republican party.

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 3:51 PM

"Speculation over McCain's pick reaches fever pitch as signs point to answer within hours."

Look, for speculation on anything at all to reach fever pitch, there has to be something important at stake.
But there's nothing to see here, folks, just some crazy old guy.

I don't call that fever pitch, and neither does the writer of this article.

Posted by: wardropper | August 28, 2008 3:51 PM

Just in case you think this race is gonna be close the big money boys in vegas are not putting any big money on the gop ticket. Ol pretty hair gop senator of nevada is crying the blues cuz the casino boys are not ponying up on the action fer der guy. The boys in back rooms though are taking action mccain at about three to one but that dropped from 5 to 1 only a week ago. ol mccain might rubbing up in the phony news pols but not here where the betting is going on. For one ol mac will simply put a stop to college sports betting everwhere unless ol pretty hair senator from vegas can pony up some big mccbucks for the campagin coffers. Rumour has it that the casino barons are furiuous that mmccain wont come around on college sports betting ban but that a insider has acknowledge that a billonaire casino mogul has pledged a big surprise for Obama therfore throwing some intrigue on the campaign.

Posted by: NoNo | August 28, 2008 3:50 PM

Charlie Crist, please please please pick Charlie!!!

Posted by: Paul | August 28, 2008 3:50 PM

All the repubs have to do is postpone their convention and send everyone of them to New Orleans and take photo ops of them filling sandbags and helping little old ladies and kittens get to shelters and the election is in the bag. Then of course you'd see a mad dash by the Dems to get their a**es down there too.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:50 PM

How many times must we listen to his never ending I was in the Hanoi Hilton defense. Ask him anything about a policy and his immediate knee jerk reaction is I am a POW. We get it Granpa but you did not support the troops coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq by joining George W in threatening to veto the improved GI Bill. Shame on you. If Cindy made you sign a prenuptial because she did not trust your cheating self then why should America trust the grumpy guy working on his bucket list with an old commie chip on his shoulder. POW card is expired sir do you have a Visa since you were after all born in Panama. OBAMA BIDEN the better pick for our nations veterans period..

Posted by: COL MARK WITTINGTON US ARMY!! | August 28, 2008 3:49 PM

I hope they pick Pawlenty.

In MN he is considered worse than the governor he replaced; Jesse Ventura.

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | August 28, 2008 3:49 PM

jdunn!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Watch it! If Larry Craig is reading this, he is trying to find ya!!!!! GREAT LINE jdunn!!! GREAT!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:49 PM

At a town hall meeting just the other day he was asked about a VP. He said several times, "I will be announcing who I will be nominating in a few days. He repeated it several times. He never used the word "Pick". I thought it was up to him. He made it sound like he had some ideas but someone else was making the decision.

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I do not think that McCain is in charge of his own campaign. He does not have the organizational skills. That would make Romney the choice. I think Ridge would equally weak but more appealing than Romney and Lieberman would be a stronger candidate so I favor Romney.

Maybe it matters who McCain choses but I am not sure that anyone will equal Biden. I just think that populism will work best against McCain-Romney and I think that populism will work best this cycle.

Posted by: Ronnn | August 28, 2008 3:42 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:48 PM

Huckabee is McCains best choice. Romney has too much baggage attached. Ridge or Lieberman will only mean President Obama.

Posted by: Banu Haqim | August 28, 2008 3:48 PM

"Honour Starts at Home"

paste link in browser you won't hear about this no where else...you deserve to know
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html

Posted by: GWashingtonCarver | August 28, 2008 3:47 PM

The repukes are in deep trouble! If little raisin man picks Romney, it'll open him up for a thousand ads with Romney roasting McCstain over and over and over! If he picks Liberman, the extreme right wing, you know the anti-abortionist will crucify him for picking someone who is PRO-CHOICE!! What a pick that would be!!! If he picks Ridge, SAME THING! HE BELIEVES IN PRO-CHOICE so thats another slap in your repuke's faces. So who's left, hmmm let's see, you Pawlenty? PALEEEEZE!!! Biden will have him for lunch, spit him out right in McCstains face and say "Here ya go, take him with ya!" After the convention, you repukes will see who YOUR Candidate really is!! Without help or a prompter, he is going to get nailed in the debates!!!! I can't wait to see the mass exodus from the repukelican party!!! LOLOL

Posted by: Richard ex republican turn dem! | August 28, 2008 3:47 PM

Karl Rove just called, and he wants to hook up with Larry Craig and me in the Minneapolis airport bathrooms!! I can't wait to sink my meat missle into Karl's soft fleshy buttocks!! He even promised to give me a Hot Karl after I finish.

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 3:46 PM

I'll take an innovative, energizing, articulate, humble, black man who can relate to middle class America and wants to fundamentally change lobbyist control over my country, the economy, and the ecology over a Post traumatic stress disorder POW who can't recall anything except being a captive, has a vested interest in raising gas prices, continuing a war that has killed thousands of American troops, and has no presidential experience either. Experience? How would you rate the most experienced administration ever (Rove, Cheney, Bushes--the last 8 years)? I'll take hope, naivety, willingness, and experienced advisors with America's best interests any day.

Posted by: R in Austin | August 28, 2008 3:46 PM

I wonder if McCain will start believing in magical underwears as Romney and the mormons do. They can solve all the worlds problems if they combine their magical underwear powers.

Posted by: Ryan | August 28, 2008 3:45 PM

Here's a slogan for McCain:

GREAT POW
LOUSY PRESIDENT

Posted by: treetopflyer | August 28, 2008 3:45 PM

I doubt that, In his book Mccain says he cheated on his wife and visited prostitutes dozens of time. He said he didn't know the number because he was drinking so heavily at the time. It is OK though because he was ashamed of it.

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I wonder if the gay relationship between Mccain and Liberman will be exposed. Lovers spat kills Libermans chance for VP but not his chance for the 3am booty C. I wonder if Tom Ridge filled oops pardon the pun that hole, I mean position

Posted by: John W from D.C | August 28, 2008 3:40 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:45 PM

The Republicans definitely have no shame. First they used Piyush "Bobby" Jindal as a Republican "shiny" object to distract us as a "potential" VP. And now the GOP is using a woman (Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison) to distract us from talking about the real issues. The McCain campaign has no intentions of selecting either Piyush Jindal or Kay Bailey Hutchison as VEEPs.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 28, 2008 3:43 PM

Tom Ridge the loser who brought you threat warning colors and warned you to buy duct tape and plastic for your windows i.e. a first call fear monger for bush.

Lieberman a turncoat who is for abortion rights; so much for the neocon votes. He is just another lacky of Karl Rove and Steve Shmidt.

Tim Pawlenty they don't even like him in his home state of Minnesota.

No matter who he picks his having kissed George W.s ring and brought the smear and lie twins Rove and Schmidt on board equals a loss for the Republicans. America will not fall prey to false boogeymen this time gentlemen. No Way No How No Mc Cain!

OBAMA BIDEN YES WE CAN AND WILLp.s. The hurrcane heading in is divine justice so we can all remember how George W. decided to go to Arizona to attend John Mcthuselas birthday instead of taking care of business and brownie..

Posted by: Barth Green M.D. | August 28, 2008 3:43 PM

I do not think that McCain is in charge of his own campaign. He does not have the organizational skills. That would make Romney the choice. I think Ridge would equally weak but more appealing than Romney and Lieberman would be a stronger candidate so I favor Romney.

Maybe it matters who McCain choses but I am not sure that anyone will equal Biden. I just think that populism will work best against McCain-Romney and I think that populism will work best this cycle.

Posted by: Ronnn | August 28, 2008 3:42 PM

Republican VP?...who really cares...it'll just be another old rich white man.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | August 28, 2008 3:42 PM

I would be really excited if he picked Joe Liberman. I doubt he will, but that would lock my vote in for him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:41 PM

I wonder if the gay relationship between Mccain and Liberman will be exposed. Lovers spat kills Libermans chance for VP but not his chance for the 3am booty C. I wonder if Tom Ridge filled oops pardon the pun that hole, I mean position

Posted by: John W from D.C | August 28, 2008 3:40 PM

Mike hit it on the head. McCain is the Tonya Harding of politics. With nothing positive to offer he has to rely on his hired goons to go after the kneecaps of his opponent. Of course we all know how Tonya ended up...flat on her face and crying about a broken shoelace and a lost opportunity. I suspect the GOP will feel the same way come Nov 11.

McCain is not like Bush. He is WORSE!

Posted by: Cal | August 28, 2008 3:40 PM

Mccain called Romney a "Pig".
These ads will write themselves no matter who he picks.

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nicklan- I hope and pray he picks Mitt Romney!! We dems have hours of video footage of him BLASTING McCstain!!! lolol Talk about tv ads? WOW PLEASE MCCSTAIN PICK ROMNEY!!!! We'll have an ad out before he can utter those words "damn did I mess up again?" LOLOLOLOLOL LOSER! LOSER CHOICE TOO!!

Posted by: Helen | August 28, 2008 3:35 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:39 PM

Whomever McCain picks will be a problem for him. Romney is Republican "flip-flopper" and reinforces the "out-of-touch elitist" label that Obama and Biden will push. Pawlenty is way too raw for national politics and will get "eaten alive" by Biden. A Lieberman pick would be the ultimate give to the Democrats for so many reasons that I won't go into. Ridge's pro-choice beliefs would alienate the Republican evangelical base and Americans would be fed up with another Texas Republican even if it is Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison with whom McCain has had bitter words with in the past.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 28, 2008 3:39 PM

If McCain chooses Hutchinson, it's all over. The election will be decided right there.

McCain/Hutchinson 08

Posted by: Virginian | August 28, 2008 3:38 PM

Mccstatus quo for all you gop hacks will probaly be assingned KBH of texas as the bush/cheeny crime regime have to keep tabs on ol john just incase he goes of the reservation, unless ol Obama trips him up. Who ever he picks is gonna hafta ta have the ability to instill fear and loathing on monumetal scale even with all the am radio pigsnots squealing up the air waves and ruperts muppets on the foxy news natter's. I would think ol rommney fits that bill he is used to made-up stuff and calling relgion so it shouldnt be to much to go into scare the blue hairs into submisssion.

Posted by: NoNo | August 28, 2008 3:38 PM

Sorry McCain,
Stalin is unavailable. Besides after all your fuss over Hillary you'd be proven to be a complete lying hypocrite if you didn't pick her.

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 3:38 PM

Who has Mccain ever lead? Mccain has never been in command of men under any circumstances. He once was in charge of a training base in Florida a job his father got him but didn't last long.

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McCain is a Natural Born leader and will not risk losing the election. That is why I say he will Pick Mitt/McCain as the President and Vice President. He must Win first to and He Must Pull out all the Stops to win. He Must Show True Leadership to Win that means McCain only Choice For America is Mitt/McCain !

Posted by: Nicklan | August 28, 2008 3:30 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:37 PM

The Republicans can't win on the issues. Therefore, McCain will take their usual low road and announce his pick before Obama's speech.

Posted by: Lilly1 | August 28, 2008 3:36 PM

nicklan- I hope and pray he picks Mitt Romney!! We dems have hours of video footage of him BLASTING McCstain!!! lolol Talk about tv ads? WOW PLEASE MCCSTAIN PICK ROMNEY!!!! We'll have an ad out before he can utter those words "damn did I mess up again?" LOLOLOLOLOL LOSER! LOSER CHOICE TOO!!

Posted by: Helen | August 28, 2008 3:35 PM

Mccain will announce who he has picked as soon as they tell him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:35 PM

Who CARES who McCain picks. I watching Obama's acceptance speach!!

Let's get to the REAL News. Obama 08

Posted by: Devanna | August 28, 2008 3:33 PM

Rice or Lugar? Go with Rice.

Posted by: JC | August 28, 2008 3:31 PM

McCain is a Natural Born leader and will not risk losing the election. That is why I say he will Pick Mitt/McCain as the President and Vice President. He must Win first to and He Must Pull out all the Stops to win. He Must Show True Leadership to Win that means McCain only Choice For America is Mitt/McCain !

Posted by: Nicklan | August 28, 2008 3:30 PM

If he choses Lieberman, I'll have to wonder why Obama and McCain did just pick each other as running mates.

Posted by: Tracker | August 28, 2008 3:30 PM

Posted by: Levario

You should be ashamed or yourself. It is rodents like you that hold this country back. Tom Ridge is 100 times the person you or anyone you know will ever be. If you dont like it here leave!

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 3:30 PM

MCCain, will call on Cheney for his V.P.
what a sorry state of a fairs...
Even if, he picks
Tom Ridge, the poor guy not making enough money to send his kid to college, Tom, send them to Iraq, let them grow up, of course you never did, you just a coward like Bush and Cheney, no guts, and all talk... Please do something for your country, you sorry S.O.B.

Posted by: Levario | August 28, 2008 3:27 PM

"Google "Pastor Manning and Obama closeted homosexual" and pages surfaces... Wonder if Obama's secret life will get exposure soon?"

Hey, Anonymous, since you're on the ball, can you tell us just what John McCain and Larry Craig were doing together in that restroom together?

Posted by: Garak | August 28, 2008 3:23 PM

Of course, McCain spent 5 and a half years in a place where he couldn't choose his dinner, much less a running mate.
Leave him alone!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:22 PM

I'm hooking up with Larry Craig in Minneapolis. Anybody want to join us for some hot man on man action?

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 3:22 PM

I think it's sort of cute how the Post is pretending anyone actually cares who McCain chooses for his running mate. I suppose it's some sort of attempt at balancing their reporting.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:21 PM

Dear vovkaya -

That is ludicrious! He picks a moderate he wins running away. The conservative base will be there for him regardless with only Obama as an alternative. He picks a moderate (ie Ridge) he picks up a gigantic portion of the disenchanted demos...

The biggest thing hurting Obama is A) Ralph nader voters B) loyal Clinton supporters C) the fact he has no resume or qualifications to be the president. He is supposedly the candidate of change yet he cant break 50% in a year in which Reps are hated... explain please..

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 3:20 PM

Posted by: Mass. Teacher | August 28, 2008 3:01 PM

REPLY: I resent you using the phrase "another old white guy". Rice is basically Bush's daughter and tied way to tight. The idea is to move away from Bush/Cheney not towards them.

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 3:16 PM

Who will win in November - Obama or McCain? Although they never competed against each other, it's possible to trace down who is actually stronger - lets look at the history:

Clintons defeated Bushes in 1992.
Bushes defeated McCain in 2000.
Obamas defeated Clintons in 2008.

Who cares who'll be McCain's VP... Do you really think Romney, Lieberman or Ridge will inspire independents or young generation?

Posted by: vovkaya | August 28, 2008 3:09 PM

I see McCain and his trolls are doing their best to steal Obama's limelight by suggesting they will be announcing their VP choice today. I guess when your policies are without substance beyond continuing the failures of the last 8 years, you resort to sleazy, desperate measures.

McCain reminds me of Tanya Harding, the nasty figure skater who kneecapped her opponent in order to win a competition. In fact I see a lot of parallels between those two! Spoiled brats with a mean streak.

Oh well, Obama can take it. He is working very hard and leading a very loyal and effective organization. Old John can only handle one campaign stop a day; it seems unlikely he could handle the physical and mental pressures of being President. I think most Americans realize this and are basically just watching the process unfold like a reality TV program. I think when they get in the ballot booth most will choose hope, intellect and a healthy economy over fear, warmongering and 4 more years of Republican mismanagement. Come election day I predict an Obama landslide.

Posted by: Mike Robinson | August 28, 2008 3:09 PM

Dear JDunn
Like most Republicans it is amazing and callous that "you people" are more upset about a president who lies about getting a BJ than the one who lied and schemed to start a senseless war of choice that has led to the deaths of more than a hundred thoussand Iraquis, 4,000 Americans, over 20,000 American wounded and otherwise incapacitated whom he refuses to take care of, the enrichment of his friends/political donors to whom he has outsorced the conduct of the aforementioned war of choice and reconstruction of Iraq, let alone bankrupted this country financially and diplomatically. Republicans have shown themselves to be the greediest, most disgusting people on the face of the earth.

Posted by: boxer | August 28, 2008 3:07 PM

How does Romney really help McCain? He's not going to deliver Massachusetts, and McCain is going to win Utah no matter what. He's another "Old White Guy."

I would rather see McCain pick Condoleezza Rice -- she's young, brilliant, conservative enough for the base, has international experience, and may offer an alternative for some moderate Hillary supporters, while effectively neutralizing much of the race issue. She would make a very attractive presidential candidate in 2012 (assuming that 76 year old McCain doesn't run for reelection).

Just a thought . . . Saw her name floated out there back in April/May, but haven't heard anything since.

Posted by: Mass. Teacher | August 28, 2008 3:01 PM

Google "Pastor Manning and Obama closeted homosexual" and pages surfaces... Wonder if Obama's secret life will get exposure soon?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:01 PM

Google "Pastor Manning and Obama closeted homosexual" and pages surfaces... Wonder if Obama's secret life will get exposure soon?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:01 PM

Dana Perino as a press sec is A) to closely tied to Bush and B) has weak qualifications..... K B Hutch would get destroyed by Biden in the debate, the best women would be Palin from Alaska.

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 3:00 PM

Whoever the candidate is, the person should pick up majority of Hillary's supporters such as women, hispanics, work class bitter people, Jews, etc. Her special groups are women and 80% of the forgotten working class.....

Another name if eligible thrown out was Dana Perino, press secretary....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:56 PM

Reply: I won't waste my time typing to someone that uses Iran in a positive way or tries to make a favorable point using Iran. Your passport please!

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:47 PM

Reply to jdunn: It's not just Iran that is not allowed to have nukes it's 90% countries at middle east but Israel is not one of those countries. How come you have problem with Iran having nuke but no problem with Israel. You must be terribly wrong if you think this is waste of time if it beats your good point, unless you don't have any point and Israel has no reason to have nukes.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 28, 2008 2:53 PM

Whoever the candidate is, the person should pick up majority of Hillary's supporters such as women, hispanics, work class bitter people, Jews, etc. Her special groups are women and 80% of the forgotten working class.....

Another name if eligible thrown out was Dana Perino, press secretary....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:53 PM

Posted by: arthurW from VA

REPLY: When that smuck Keith Olbermann plays fair then so will Rove!

Hannity had on Dukakis, Sharptom, Tom Villsack, and one other propeller head. Now that is fair unbiased coverage, MSNBC should learn a thing or two..

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:51 PM

jdunn--

I think you were responding to the Bobster's post. I made no comment about appointments.

Posted by: dcUnited99 | August 28, 2008 2:50 PM

Google "Dem caucus fraud committed by Obama camp" and pages come up. Remember there were 2000 complaints lodged in Texas and Indiana and no coverage took place. Kinda confirms this nomination is an orchestrated farce and scam by DNC huh?!@#$%^&*()

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:49 PM

Fevered pitch... sounds like a disease. Fairly pathetic that McCain is planning on announcing his choice the minute Obama takes the stage. Same sort of PR ploy McCain used when Obama was in Europe. And the Karl Rove stuff is also absurd... the Fox "press" and friends making news together and then reporting on it. Though I have to agree with the sentiment on Lieberman- not someone who brings to mind loyalty and integrity. Neither Obama nor McCain had/have anyone on their lists that are big surprises, particularly exciting or historic (unless you rate the first VP selection who had previously been nominated by the other part as historic in some peculiar way, or the first Mormon to be selected).

Posted by: arthurW from VA | August 28, 2008 2:48 PM

REPLY TO JDUNN: SO WHAT IF IRAN HAS NUCLEAR BOMB!!!! ISRAEL HAD THEM FOR YEARS AND THEY CAN NUKE EVRY COUNTRY IN MIDDLE EAST. OH BY THE WAY, WE GAVE IT TO ISRAEL, WHY COULDN'T WE GIVE IT ALSO TO IRAN. NOT FAIR, NOT FAIR.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:45 PM

Reply: I won't waste my time typing to someone that uses Iran in a positive way or tries to make a favorable point using Iran. Your passport please!

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:47 PM

The republicans accuse Obama of being a celebrity.

Ahhh, do they forget about Ronald Reagan and that oaf Arnold Schwarzenegger?

...and it's that time again... will some loyal repub go change McGrandpa's Depends so he stops whining.

Posted by: dcUnited99 | August 28, 2008 2:45 PM

Thought of the Day:

When Obama was 11 years old Biden was in the Senate (36 years ago!!).. Wow, was that the "change" he was brainwashing folks about.

Just a thought

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:45 PM

McCain does not have the temperment to be President. Bomb bomb bomb Iran and OK to have a DRAFT? I don't think so.

Posted by: Lucy | August 28, 2008 2:33 PM

Reply: You left out Nuclear Bomb Iran which they are attempting to build. Obama called it a "tiny" country. Tiny just like his resume..

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:36 PM

REPLY TO JDUNN: SO WHAT IF IRAN HAS NUCLEAR BOMB!!!! ISRAEL HAD THEM FOR YEARS AND THEY CAN NUKE EVRY COUNTRY IN MIDDLE EAST. OH BY THE WAY, WE GAVE IT TO ISRAEL, WHY COULDN'T WE GIVE IT ALSO TO IRAN. NOT FAIR, NOT FAIR.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:45 PM

Kay Bailey Hutchison would be a great match to get all the women vote that want a first female VP. (provided all women just want a women in top office)

As for the POW talk...please...be respectful to others that had been POWs and tortured by enemies for protecting the rest of us... support our troops, even if you don't like McCain's policy.

Obama reminds me of new employee in the company that knows nothing but pretends he know everything. He is a good talker that talks the big talk in meetings but nothing ever got done for his previous years in the Congress. He is getting his job because of his race. If he is white, Oparah won't go help him.
Enough Said.

Posted by: andy | August 28, 2008 2:44 PM

Hey Amsterdam,

How old will Hillary be in 2112?

Posted by: Rich | August 28, 2008 2:43 PM

When John McCain spent 5 years in a cell, he didn't have a chance to pick a vice president running mate.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 28, 2008 2:43 PM

dcUnited99---

I bet Rezko would make a great Treasury Sec and while he is at it, why doesn't the empty suit appoint Ayers his Sec of Defense.. He associates with terrorist and felons. Great Resume..

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:41 PM

If McCain really want to have any chance against Obama/Biden ticket, he needs to select Joe Lieberman. Joe Lieberman never said anything aganst John McCain and has been cinsistent in his statement and has prove himself that he can get support and win. Lieberman is strong advocate for the war in Iraq and that is his main problem. He now knows that he is wrong but there os no way of backing out. Lieberman is also Jewish and that could mean a lot of votes for McCain. Don't get me wrong, I can't stand Lieberman because of his attitude and quiet behaving but he is the only person left for republicans to help out little bit. Romney is total oposite and has more reasons not to be ellected that to be ellected. I THINK JOE LIEBERMAN WILL BE McCAIN'S PICK ANYWAY.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 28, 2008 2:41 PM

The Associated Press is reporting "McCain Denies Making VP Choice."

Actually, he probably DID decide but can't remember who it was.

Posted by: dcUnited99 | August 28, 2008 2:38 PM

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 2:35 PM

Reply:I respectfully disagree but as a pro-choice republican i am certainly bias. I think Mitt has a "likeable" issue and people feel quaesy about him. Beside being a mormon may be tough for the base to swallow.. just a thought. Ridge would be digestable but i certainly agree Lieberman would not be (Sect of State though)..

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:38 PM

Please pick Kay Bailey Hutcheson! Put someone who has a clean record, smart, and just imagine the votes she would bring! And if she ended up becoming President that would be fine with me. She is on top of her game and she is respected!

Posted by: Lex Luthor | August 28, 2008 2:37 PM

McCain does not have the temperment to be President. Bomb bomb bomb Iran and OK to have a DRAFT? I don't think so.

Posted by: Lucy | August 28, 2008 2:33 PM

Reply: You left out Nuclear Bomb Iran which they are attempting to build. Obama called it a "tiny" country. Tiny just like his resume..

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:36 PM

haha, Obama supporters are hilarious.

Posted by: Ryan | August 28, 2008 2:35 PM

jdunn:

Ridge would be almost as bad as Lieberman for us pro-lifers. I also heard that McCain has a "cold relationship" with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, so it's probably not going to be her. My guess is still Mitt Romney.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 2:35 PM

Let McCain have the presidency for four years. Then Hillary can take it in 2112. Maybe it works out well that Obama won the primary, without counting Florida or Michigan. This way McCain gets his reward for being tortured by the North Vietnamese. By 2112 he won’t mind giving the presidency up to the person who is best qualified, Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Amsterdam | August 28, 2008 2:34 PM

McCain does not have the temperment to be President. Bomb bomb bomb Iran and OK to have a DRAFT? I don't think so.

Posted by: Lucy | August 28, 2008 2:33 PM

Hey liberals, your last presidents (Slick Willy the womanizer) passive administration allowed these forgein rogues to build terrorist groups and strategize against the USA. McCain is the man to keep us safe, certainly not a community organizer that reads a teleprompter well..

Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:33 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:26 PM

JOHN MCCAIN LEADER OR MADMAN
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This anonymus is dumbass posted this like he is one of the editors at Washington Post. Hey dumbass, do you really think people will read your stupid long blog that is longer than actual theme blog. Behave yourself stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:32 PM

McCain is old. McCain is losing his memory. And this race is close!!! So many stupid people in this country.

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Posted by: jdunn | August 28, 2008 2:30 PM

-Your idea of health care reform McCain, is 'wear more sunscreen,

And don't forget tax credits to the pharmacetical companies for sun screen cream resaearch.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:29 PM


JOHN MCCAIN LEADER OR MADMAN
YOU BE THE JUDGE.

WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain arrived late at his Senate office on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. “This is war,” he murmured to his aides. The sound of scrambling fighter planes rattled the windows, sending a tremor of panic through the room.


Erik Jacobs for The New York Times
John McCain said he had consulted Henry A. Kissinger on foreign policy before and after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Within hours, Mr. McCain, the Vietnam War hero and famed straight talker of the 2000 Republican primary, had taken on a new role: the leading advocate of taking the American retaliation against Al Qaeda far beyond Afghanistan. In a marathon of television and radio appearances, Mr. McCain recited a short list of other countries said to support terrorism, invariably including Iraq, Iran and Syria.

“There is a system out there or network, and that network is going to have to be attacked,” Mr. McCain said the next morning on ABC News. “It isn’t just Afghanistan,” he added, on MSNBC. “I don’t think if you got bin Laden tomorrow that the threat has disappeared,” he said on CBS, pointing toward other countries in the Middle East.

Within a month he made clear his priority. “Very obviously Iraq is the first country,” he declared on CNN. By Jan. 2, Mr. McCain was on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, yelling to a crowd of sailors and airmen: “Next up, Baghdad!”

Now, as Mr. McCain prepares to accept the Republican presidential nomination, his response to the attacks of Sept. 11 opens a window onto how he might approach the gravest responsibilities of a potential commander in chief. Like many, he immediately recalibrated his assessment of the unseen risks to America’s security. But he also began to suggest that he saw a new “opportunity” to deter other potential foes by punishing not only Al Qaeda but also Iraq.

“Just as Sept. 11 revolutionized our resolve to defeat our enemies, so has it brought into focus the opportunities we now have to secure and expand our freedom,” Mr. McCain told a NATO conference in Munich in early 2002, urging the Europeans to join what he portrayed as an all but certain assault on Saddam Hussein. “A better world is already emerging from the rubble.”

To his admirers, Mr. McCain’s tough response to Sept. 11 is at the heart of his appeal. They argue that he displayed the same decisiveness again last week in his swift calls to penalize Russia for its incursion into Georgia, in part by sending peacekeepers to police its border.

His critics charge that the emotion of Sept. 11 overwhelmed his former cool-eyed caution about deploying American troops without a clear national interest and a well-defined exit, turning him into a tool of the Bush administration in its push for a war to transform the region.

“He has the personality of a fighter pilot: when somebody stings you, you want to strike out,” said retired Gen. John H. Johns, a former friend and supporter of Mr. McCain who turned against him over the Iraq war. “Just like the American people, his reaction was: show me somebody to hit.”

Whether through ideology or instinct, though, Mr. McCain began making his case for invading Iraq to the public more than six months before the White House began to do the same. He drew on principles he learned growing up in a military family and on conclusions he formed as a prisoner in North Vietnam. He also returned to a conviction about “the common identity” of dangerous autocracies as far-flung as Serbia and North Korea that he had developed consulting with hawkish foreign policy thinkers to help sharpen the themes of his 2000 presidential campaign.

While pushing to take on Saddam Hussein, Mr. McCain also made arguments and statements that he may no longer wish to recall. He lauded the war planners he would later criticize, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney. (Mr. McCain even volunteered that he would have given the same job to Mr. Cheney.) He urged support for the later-discredited Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi’s opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress, and echoed some of its suspect accusations in the national media. And he advanced misleading assertions not only about Mr. Hussein’s supposed weapons programs but also about his possible ties to international terrorists, Al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Five years after the invasion of Iraq, Mr. McCain’s supporters note that he became an early critic of the administration’s execution of the occupation, and they credit him with pushing the troop “surge” that helped bring stability. Mr. McCain, though, stands by his support for the war and expresses no regrets about his advocacy.

In written answers to questions, he blamed “Iraq’s opacity under Saddam” for any misleading remarks he made about the peril it posed.

The Sept. 11 attacks “demonstrated the grave threat posed by a hostile regime, possessing weapons of mass destruction, and with reported ties to terrorists,” Mr. McCain wrote in an e-mail message on Friday. Given Mr. Hussein’s history of pursuing illegal weapons and his avowed hostility to the United States, “his regime posed a threat we had to take seriously.” The attacks were still a reminder, Mr. McCain added, of the importance of international action “to prevent outlaw states — like Iran today — from developing weapons of mass destruction.”

Formative Years

Mr. McCain has been debating questions about the use of military force far longer than most. He grew up in a family that had sent a son to every American war since 1776, and international relations were a staple of the McCain family dinner table. Mr. McCain grew up listening to his father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., deliver lectures on “The Four Ocean Navy and the Soviet Threat,” closing with a slide of an image he considered the ultimate factor in the balance of power: a soldier marching through a rice paddy with a rifle at his shoulder.

“To quote Sherman, war is all hell and we need to fight it out and get it over with and that is when the killing stops,” recalled Joe McCain, Senator McCain’s younger brother.

Vietnam, for Senator McCain, reinforced those lessons. He has often said he blamed the Johnson administration’s pause in bombing for prolonging the war, and he credited President Richard M. Nixon’s renewed attacks with securing his release from a North Vietnamese prison. He has made the principle that the exercise of military power sets the bargaining table for international relations a consistent theme of his career ever since, and in his 2002 memoir he wrote that one of his lifelong convictions was “the imperative that American power never retreat in response to an inferior adversary’s provocation.”


But Mr. McCain also took away from Vietnam a second, restraining lesson: the necessity for broad domestic support for any military action. For years he opposed a string of interventions — in Lebanon, Haiti, Somalia, and, for a time, the Balkans — on the grounds that the public would balk at the loss of life without clear national interests. “The Vietnam thing,” he recently said.

In the late 1990s, however, while he was beginning to consider his 2000 presidential race, he started rebalancing his view of the needs to project American strength and to sustain public support. The 1995 massacre of 5,000 unarmed Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica under NATO’s watch struck at his conscience, he has said, and in addition to America’s strategic national interests — in that case, the future and credibility of NATO — Mr. McCain began to speak more expansively about America’s moral obligations as the only remaining superpower.

His aides say he later described the American air strikes in Bosnia in 1996 and in Kosovo in 1999 as a parable of political leadership: Mr. McCain, Senator Bob Dole and others had rallied Congressional support for the strikes despite widespread public opposition, then watched approval soar after the intervention helped to bring peace.

“Americans elect their leaders to make these kinds of judgments,” Mr. McCain said in the e-mail message.

It was during the Balkan wars that Mr. McCain and his advisers read a 1997 article on the Wall Street Journal editorial page by William Kristol and David Brooks of The Weekly Standard — both now Op-Ed page columnists at The New York Times — promoting the idea of “national greatness” conservatism, defined by a more activist agenda at home and a more muscular role in the world.

“I wouldn’t call it a ‘eureka’ moment, but there was a sense that this is where we are headed and this is what we are trying to articulate and they have already done a lot of the work,” said John Weaver, a former McCain political adviser. “And, quite frankly, from a crass political point of view, we were in the making-friends business. The Weekly Standard represented a part of the primary electorate that we could get.”

Soon Mr. McCain and his aides were consulting regularly with the circle of hawkish foreign policy thinkers sometimes referred to as neoconservatives — including Mr. Kristol, Robert Kagan and Randy Scheunemann, a former aide to Mr. Dole who became a McCain campaign adviser — to develop the senator’s foreign policy ideas and instincts into the broad themes of a presidential campaign. (In his e-mail message, Mr. McCain noted that he had also consulted with friends like Henry A. Kissinger, known for a narrower view of American interests.)

One result was a series of speeches in which Mr. McCain called for “rogue state rollback.” He argued that disparate regional troublemakers, including Iraq, North Korea and Serbia, bore a common stamp: they were all autocracies. And as such, he contended, they were more likely to export terrorism, spread dangerous weapons, or start ethnic conflicts. In an early outline of what would become his initial response to the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. McCain argued that “swift and sure” retribution against any one of the rogue states was an essential deterrent to any of the others. But Mr. McCain’s advisers and aides say his “rogue state” speeches stopped short of the most sweeping international agenda put forth by Mr. Kristol, Mr. Kagan and their allies. Mr. McCain explicitly disavowed direct military action merely to advance American values, foreswearing any “global crusade” of interventions in favor of relying on covert and financial support for internal opposition groups.

As an example, he could point to his 1998 sponsorship of the Iraqi Liberation Act, which sought to direct nearly $100 million to Iraqis who hoped to overthrow Saddam Hussein. The bill, signed by President Bill Clinton, also endorsed the ouster of Mr. Hussein.

Mr. McCain said then that he doubted the United States could muster the political will to use ground troops to remove the Iraqi dictator any time soon. “It was much easier when Saddam Hussein was occupying Kuwait and threatening Saudi Arabia,” the senator told Fox News in November 1998. “We’d have to convince the American people that it’s worth again the sacrifice of American lives, because that would also be part of the price.”

Hard Calls

Mr. McCain spent the afternoon of Sept. 11 in a young aide’s studio apartment near the Capitol. There was no cable television, nothing but water in the kitchen, and the hallway reminded him of an old boxing gym. Evacuated from his office but stranded by traffic, he could not resist imagining himself at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. “There are not enough Secret Service agents in the world to keep me away from Washington and New York at a time like this,” Mr. McCain told an adviser.


Over the next days and weeks, however, Mr. McCain became almost as visible as he would have been as president. Broadcasters rushed to him as a patriotic icon and reassuring voice, and for weeks he was ubiquitous on the morning news programs, Sunday talk shows, cable news networks, and even late-night comedy shows.

In the spotlight, he pushed rogue state rollback one step further, arguing that the United States should go on the offensive as a warning to any other country that might condone such an attack. “These networks are well-embedded in some of these countries,” Mr. McCain said on Sept. 12, listing Iraq, Iran and Syria as potential targets of United States pressure. “We’re going to have to prove to them that we are very serious, and the price that they will pay will not only be for punishment but also deterrence.”

Although he had campaigned for President Bush during the 2000 general election, he was still largely frozen out of the White House because of animosities left over from the Republican primary. But after Mr. Bush declared he would hold responsible any country condoning terrorism, Mr. McCain called his leadership “magnificent” and his national security team the strongest “that has ever been assembled.” A few weeks later, Larry King of CNN asked whether he would have named Mr. Rumsfeld and Colin L. Powell to a McCain cabinet. “Oh, yes, and Cheney,” Mr. McCain answered, saying he, too, would have offered Mr. Cheney the vice presidency.

Even during the heat of the war in Afghanistan, Mr. McCain kept an eye on Iraq. To Jay Leno in mid-September, Mr. McCain said he believed “some other countries” had assisted Osama bin Laden, going on to suggest Iraq, Syria and Iran as potential suspects. In October 2001, when an Op-Ed page column in The New York Times speculated that Iraq, Russia or some other country might bear responsibility for that month’s anthrax mailings, Mr. McCain interrupted a question about Afghanistan from David Letterman on that night’s “Late Show.” “The second phase is Iraq,” Mr. McCain said, adding, “Some of this anthrax may — and I emphasize may — have come from Iraq.” (The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it came from a federal government laboratory in Maryland.) By October, United States and foreign intelligence agencies had said publicly that they doubted any cooperation between Mr. Hussein and Al Qaeda, noting Al Qaeda’s opposition to such secular nationalists. American intelligence officials soon declared that Mr. Hussein had not supported international terrorism for nearly a decade.

But when the Czech government said that before the attacks, one of the 9/11 hijackers had met in Prague with an Iraqi intelligence official, Mr. McCain seized the report as something close to a smoking gun. “The evidence is very clear,” he said three days later, in an Oct. 29 television interview. (Intelligence agencies quickly cast doubt on the meeting.)

Frustrated by the dearth of American intelligence about Iraq, Mr. McCain’s aides say, he had long sought to learn as much as he could from Iraqi opposition figures in exile, including Mr. Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress. Over the years, Mr. McCain often urged support for the group, saying it had “significant support, in my view, inside Iraq.”

After Sept. 11, Mr. Chalabi’s group said an Iraqi emissary had once met with Osama bin Laden, and brought forward two Iraqi defectors who described terrorist training camps and biological weapons efforts. At times, Mr. McCain seemed to echo their accusations, citing the “two defectors” in a television interview and attesting to “credible reports of involvement between Iraqi administration officials, Iraqi officials and the terrorists.”

Growing Impatient

But United States intelligence officials had doubts about Mr. Chalabi at the time and have since discredited his group. In 2006, Mr. McCain acknowledged to The New Republic that he had been “too enamored with the I.N.C.” In his e-mail message, though, he said he never relied on the group for information about Iraq’s weapons program.

At a European security conference in February 2002, when the Bush administration still publicly maintained that it had made no decision about moving against Iraq, Mr. McCain described an invasion as all but certain. “A terrorist resides in Baghdad,” he said, adding, “A day of reckoning is approaching.”

Regime change in Iraq in addition to Afghanistan, he argued, would compel other sponsors of terrorism to mend their ways, “accomplishing by example what we would otherwise have to pursue through force of arms.”

Finally, as American troops massed in the Persian Gulf in early 2003, Mr. McCain grew impatient, his aides say, concerned that the White House was failing to act as the hot desert summer neared. Waiting, he warned in a speech in Washington, risked squandering the public and international support aroused by Sept. 11. “Does anyone really believe that the world’s will to contain Saddam won’t eventually collapse as utterly as it did in the 1990s?” Mr. McCain asked.

In retrospect, some of Mr. McCain’s critics now accuse him of looking for a pretext to justify the war. “McCain was hell-bent for leather: ‘Saddam Hussein is a bad guy, we have got to teach him, let’s send a message to the other people in the Middle East,’ ” said Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts.

But Mr. McCain, in his e-mail message, said the reason he had supported the war was the evolving threat from Mr. Hussein.

“I believe voters elect their leaders based on their experience and judgment — their ability to make hard calls, for instance, on matters of war and peace,” he wrote. “It’s important to get them right.”

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:26 PM

It bothers you doesn't it Bill???

LMAO!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:25 PM

Lots of spamming by the desperate and delusional Leftists Obama cultists.

Rock star he is ... and every bit as superficial. He has as much foreign policy experience as Bon Jovi.

The Democratic Party didn't even trust Obama with a leadership position in Congress, and now they've let him snowball into the nomination.

The Left already is spewing the "If Obama loses, it's because America is racist." Pathetic. Obama will lose because he's an inexperienced proto-socialist that comes off as elitist.

The Democratic Party could screw up a wet dream, and will.

Obummer.

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 2:20 PM

All of you must of aquired a high caliber GED?

Posted by: Jon | August 28, 2008 2:19 PM

Who does McCain really think he's kidding?
McCain will be sailing down the Alzheimer express in a year and he's completely delusional if he thinks he can rule the world just by trying to look and sound presidential.


McCain is stuck in the past and he's counting on his so called "war hero" status to win the office. He failed in war when he was captured and if he is magically elected he will fail as a president.


Bush was a train wreck, McCain would be a disaster.


Here's some Mavericky "straight-talk"...my friends


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEmPZoRVRII
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Posted by: astral99 | August 27, 2008 8:19 PM


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McCain is a kept man.


The guy is an out of touch Bush loving crook.


In a speech he dared American workers to go work for $50/hr picking crops. He said American workers "couldn't do it."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWOZKeOauNI


When a guy in the audience said heck yeah... I'll do it for $50/hr, sign me up... McCain dismissed him saying he couldn't do it. He wasn't capable.


Oh really?


And Mexicans can? $50/hr? I think Americans would do that work for $50/hr, John. I would.


McCain doesn't know what money is, he has no concept of what people earn.


He's such a typical Republican. Totally clueless. Rich silverspoon fed egoist with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas.


I guess since he was a POW, he figured he could just marry a trust fund baby and forget about being a man the rest of his life.


$50/hr John?


Americans not capable?

Posted by: The Big Orange Satan | August 28, 2008 2:13 PM

The Veep only matters if it's Pawlenty or Lieberman. Romney is relatively safe and Hutchinson is only a shock name out there. But Pawlenty or Joe could be trouble for McCain - for different reasons, of course.

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 2:12 PM

Who does McCain really think he's kidding?
McCain will be sailing down the Alzheimer express in a year and he's completely delusional if he thinks he can rule the world just by trying to look and sound presidential.


McCain is stuck in the past and he's counting on his so called "war hero" status to win the office. He failed in war when he was captured and if he is magically elected he will fail as a president.


Bush was a train wreck, McCain would be a disaster.


Here's some Mavericky "straight-talk"...my friends


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEmPZoRVRII
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Posted by: Kenny | August 28, 2008 2:12 PM

Who cares?

Except to say... if Whiney Joe is picked look out for Democratic voters even more energized than we are already.

Posted by: binkynh | August 28, 2008 2:07 PM

McCain is a dumb old war mongerer who disguises nationalism as patriotism, for those that still support Bush/McCain I'll translate it into American for you:


TERRORISM OIL PATRIOTISM, BUNKER BUSTER, ISLAM EVIL OIL OIL BUSH FLAG USA JESUS BUSH. PROUD GOD PATRIOT USA TERRORIST SAFETY OIL OIL $$$ WHITE HOUSE DEMOCRACY OIL FREEDOM DEATH WAR WAR OIL BUSH/MCCAIN!


There, now your brain cell can carry on pretending America is great and wonderful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: Bluto | August 28, 2008 2:01 PM

You're a financial planner and you want to invest my retirement savings in scratch tickets?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."


"You're a plumber and you're going to fix my clog with a stick of dynamite?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."


"You're a firefighter and you're going to put out the flames with gasoline?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."


"You're a jeweler and you're going to fix my Rolex with a hammer?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."


"You’re a nuclear physicist and you're giving out 'free samples' of enriched uranium to children?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."


"You're a surgeon and you're using a rusty hacksaw?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."


"You’re John McCain, the Republican candidate for president and you want to fix the country's problems even though you don’t know much about the economy,


-You McCain, don’t know how to use the internet,


-You McCain, don’t know how many houses you own or what kind of car you drive,


-You McCain, admit you don’t think clearly when you’re tired,


-You McCain, make frequent gaffes on foreign policy,


-You McCain, think offshore drilling is a short-term solution to high gas prices,


-You McCain, support torture and keeping the Guantanamo prison open,


-You McCain, make rash decisions and statements from which you have to quickly backtrack,


-You McCain, have an explosive temper on a hair trigger,


-Your idea of health care reform McCain, is 'wear more sunscreen,


-You're for stem cell research McCain, except when it's done on stem cells because you consider them all American citizens,


and you McCain, voted to support the policies of the worst president ever (Bush) 100 percent of the time this year?"


"Trust me, my friends. I was a POW."


Only in rightwing lunitic fringe Republicanland....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBfngOsvmA0
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Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | August 28, 2008 1:58 PM

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