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John McCain on stage during the finale at the final night of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Sept. 4, 2008. (Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post)

ST. PAUL -- 12:04 a.m. The VP plane has already been painted: McCain - Palin.
--Michael D. Shear

11:30 p.m. There were several types of confetti, but the best were the round ones that said "Republican National Convention" on one side and had a stern-looking John McCain head photo on the other. That's keepsake, baby.
--Libby Copeland

11:30 p.m. A complete transcript of McCain's remarks is available here.
--Garance Franke-Ruta

11:25 p.m. After watching McCain deliver his speech, McCain wordsmith Mark Salter was in full sprint underneath the grandstands - the Straight Talk Express is moving out now for campaign stops.

"I thought it went great, thanks," Salter said, stopping for those brief words. "I gotta run."

With that Salter was off in full sprint -- on into the general election.
--Paul Kane

11:22 p.m. If voters needed a sign of how John McCain's presidential campaign was shifting course, they got in the the songs that blared from speakers in the wake of McCain's acceptance speech.

Joe Rich's "Raising McCain" started the set, but it was Heart's 1977 hit "Barracuda" that revved up the crowd. The choice alludes to GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's high-school nickname on the basketball court, "Sarah Barracuda."

Most of the tunes were the kind one hears at a usual wedding reception, including Kool and the Gang's "Celebrate" and Earth, Wind and Fire's "Celebrate."

But one song has apparently disappeared from McCain's song list: ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me."
--Juliet Eilperin

11:18 p.m. Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) noted the subdued tone of the speech at times, calling it "a very personalized speech about his American journey."

"It was essentially a personal testimony ... of torture and redemption," Putnam, the No. 3 House GOP leader, said while swatting balloons. "I thought the close was very powerful -- a call to arms," he said.
--Paul Kane

11:14 p.m. An observer back in D.C. notes that, perhaps in honor of Sarah "Barracuda" Palin, the song playing during the balloon and confetti drop is Heart's 1977 anthem, "Barracuda."
--Garance Franke-Ruta


Cindy McCain on stage during the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center, September 4, 2008. (Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post)

11:14 p.m. Yep. First, the red-white-and blue confetti floated down from the ceiling, then the small balloons (reds, whites, blues), followed by the big beach-ball balloons that were batted around the arena by partying delegates. Then came shooting streamers. And more balloon drops. And soon balloons were popping like popcorn. Many convention delegates took off their shoes, stood up in their shoes and jammed to Earth, Wind and Fire. "We"re having a big party," said Georgia delegate Tony Robbins, a 66-year-old small businessman who was swaying his hips. "Now and then, you gotta let the badger out."
--Kevin Merida

11:07 p.m. Confetti drops. No balloons yet.

There they go. We've got the balloons!
--Paul Kane

11:04 p.m. A campaign-issued sign reads "G.I. John/Superwoman." A North Carolina delegate is wearing a pin that reads "We've Struck Oil With Sarah Palin."
--Ed O'Keefe

10:49 p.m.Evidence that our long, seemingly never ending convention season is about to end: The McCain and Palin families are on the move, headed to join the senator on stage.

Random strangers have been shuffled into their posh seats.

And so two straight weeks of nonstop conventioneering are almost over.
--Paul Kane

10:47 p.m. McCain's line that we're going to stop sending 700 billion to countries that don't like us very much got huge applause. Did they know he was talking about oil, not foreign aid?
--Ben Pershing

10:41 p.m. For more on McCain's speech, read "McCain Vows to End Partisan Rancor in Convention Speech", by Chris Cillizza.

10:34 p.m. McCain just referenced Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who was sentenced today to four years in prison, with this line: "I've fought lobbyists who stole from Indian tribes."
--Ben Pershing

10:28 p.m. More signs: "Thank You, McCain: Mom of 3 Says Palin is My Hero"
"Palin Power"
"Change We Can Trust"
"Irish 4 McCain" (New York delegation)
--Paul Kane

10:27 p.m. Two women sitting beneath the press seats attempted to unfurl a pink banner. They screamed, "Get out of Iraq," before people next to them snatched the sign and started to wrestle them out of the hall. This led to a noticeable disruption of the speech. --Matthew Mosk UPDATE: Two antiwar protesters came down aisle 118 with homemade pink cloth signs. "End the war in Iraq," yelled one, holding up the two-fingered peace sign. The signs were snatched by one man and a scuffle ensued. As one of the protestors continued toward the floor, getting within a few feet of it, she was stopped by two men. One grabbed the credential strap around her neck. The protesters were escorted out, with one McCain supporter yelling: "Sit down you Nazi!" --Kevin Merida

10:25 p.m. Multiple screaming protesters were just taken out up the aisle behind the stage and next to the press risers. The audience drowned their shouts with chants of "USA!"
--Ben Pershing

10:22 p.m. McCain campaign staffers have forced those standing in some aisles to crouch down, unless the crowd stands to applaud.
--Ed O'Keefe

10:22 p.m. The first image behind McCain as he gave his speech was of a grass courtyard leading up to a schoolhouse.

Look closely, it's Walter Reed Junior High School.
--Paul Kane

10:22 p.m. An usher snatched another man's homemade sign, which read, "No More War." He quickly folded it up and slipped it into a small backpack.

"Got one," the usher said.
--Matthew Mosk

10:21 p.m. The handmade sign referencing terrorists, Sarah Palin and Barack Obama was taken away forcefully by a convention official wearing a red McCain campaign hat.

"How pathetic" a delegate said in disgust, commenting on the nervous nature of the staffers.
--Ed O'Keefe

10:18 p.m. McCain just thanked "the President of the United States for leading us in these dark days." That seems to be the first reference to President Bush of the night.
--Ben Pershing

10:18 p.m. Watching PBS back in D.C., the station just flashed to a guy holding a banner that said "McCain Votes Against Vets."
--Jon Cohen

10:18 p.m. Just as they did in Madison Square Garden in 2004, Republican delegates have begun chanting "USA" at the slightest hint of antiwar hecklers, several of whom are in the arena. This drowns out the antiwar hecklers, but breaks up McCain's delivery.
--Paul Kane

10:14 p.m. A North Carolina delegate is waving a hand made sign that reads, "Terrorists: Beware of Sarah (Ask Obama)"
--Ed O'Keefe

10:12 p.m. The McCain bio video includes almost no reference to his Senate record and none of his signature campaign finance legislation.
--Ben Pershing

10:06 p.m. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said this is his seventh convention, "and I've never seen people so happy. They're giddy!" he said.
--Matthew Mosk

10: 05 p.m. First laugh-line of the video: "Some called him hotheaded; some call him names that can't be repeated."
--Ben Pershing

10:03 p.m. McCain's bio film begins running. GOP activists on the floor check their 'Berries for the obvious news: The Redskins have lost, but done so nicely, allowing the networks to show the film and speech.

"16-7," one strategist murmurs to another.
--Paul Kane

10:03 p.m. The whole McCain family is now in their box. Yes, the WHOLE family, for those concerned about the lack of attention their youngest daughter, Bridget, has received.
--Paul Kane

10 p.m. Official signage: A mix of the following.
"We Love Cindy!"
"McCain-Palin"
"Peace"
"Straight Talk"
"Country First"
--Kevin Merida

9:59 p.m. Ever wonder how those cheers get started on the convention floor?

Well nothing was left to chance tonight. As Cindy McCain spoke, a volunteer in a red McCain baseball cap whispered to the Georgia delegation: "At the conclusion of this, it will be 'Cindy! Cindy! Cindy!'"

The delegation complied, if only half heartedly.

The volunteer was back a few moments later with more advice: "The Secret Service has identified hecklers behind the family box," he said. "If they start up, we're gonna drown them out."

"You bet," replied former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, seated with his delegation.
--Matthew Mosk

9:59 p.m. Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the representative of the International Chabad Lubavitch movement and on on darling of Washington conservatives, wandered onto the floor just as Cindi McCain finished up.
--Michael Abramowitz

9:59 p.m. Hundreds of cowboy hats are swaying in unison to "Johnny B Good." Cindy McCain finished 4 minutes early, so they're stalling until the start of the video.
--Ben Pershing

9:57 p.m. The song "Johnny B Good" was used in a similar fashion by Democrats on the Thursday night of their 2004 convention.
--Ed O'Keefe

9:57 p.m. Note: Media strategist Mark McKinnon helped Cindy McCain with her just-concluded speech. A favor, he said earlier in the day. McKinnon, after helping John McCain win the GOP nomination, said he did not want to campaign against Barack Obama and would play no formal role in the fall campaign.
--Kevin Merida

9:54 p.m. As the potential next First Lady spoke, Henry Kissinger shut his eyes and appeared to doze off while sitting in the prominent box that includes the Palins and Roberta McCain.
--Paul Kane

9:49 p.m. Count Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) as a fan of Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) -- but also as someone who thinks the vice-presidential debate could be fascinating.

"I don't know if he knows how to handle the debate situation he's going to be in," said Castle, an across-the-aisle friend of Biden's for 40 years, while walking the convention floor.

Castle said he expects Biden to rein in his usually tough minded debating technique for fear of looking like an overly aggressive man going after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

But Castle, part of a vanishing breed of northeastern Republicans, said Palin's self-proclaimed "pit bull" persona might bring out Biden's sharper edges, leading some to sharp exchanges.

"Halfway into it, it might get really interesting," Castle said.
--Paul Kane

8:44 p.m. Former Bush adviser Karl Rove is being mobbed near the makeshift FOX studios on the floor during Cindy McCain's speech.
--Anita Kumar

9:48 p.m. As Cindy McCain was speaking, former Speaker Newt Gingrich came onto the floor near the Alabama delegation. Still a rock star among delegates, Gingrich was immediately surrounded by photo seekers.
--Michael Abramowitz

9:45 p.m. Cindy McCain's line: "How 'bout that Sarah Palin?" drew her best applause so far.
--Ben Pershing


A video presentation on day four of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., shows the wreckage of Sept. 11, 2001. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

strong>9:13 p.m. Gov. Sarah Palin met this afternoon with the Alaska delegation at a Hilton hotel room, where she posed for pictures and chatted individually with her fellow Alaskans.

"I feel like I'm back home," Palin said, according to one participant now in the convention hall. The Rev. Jerry Prevo, pastor of Anchorage Baptist Temple and a state evangelical leader, said Palin asked the delegation to pray for her. She was accompanied to the Hilton by her husband, Todd.

At one point, Prevo handed the governor his cell phone. It was the Rev. Franklin Graham on the line wanting to congratulate her. The son of the Rev. Billy Graham has been the speaker for the governor's prayer breakfast the past two years.

Delegate Kim Skipper, a state legislative aide, said delegates were ecstatic and let Palin know how proud the were of her. "It may be the last time we get that close to her for a while."
--Kevin Merida

9:01 p.m. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke earlier this evening. Here's the transcript of his remarks.
--Garance Franke-Ruta

9:00 p.m. After Joe Gibbs finished his speech (click here to watch excerpts), the convention speakers blared the song "Centerfield" by John Fogerty. Key line -- " Put me in, coach - I'm ready to play today." The song seems appropriate for the legendary retired Redskins coach, except for the fact that it's about baseball.
--Ben Pershing

8:44 p.m. A podium and two teleprompters have been placed at the front of the catwalk and can be raised from beneath the stage.

8:38 p.m. There are 50 red chairs placed around the newly-constructed catwalk where John McCain is expected to sit tonight.

The seats are currently occupied by VFW members, young excited-looking McCain campaign and convention staffers and some invited guests wearing special blue passes around their necks that read "Presidential Nominee Acceptance Speech."

Three seat fillers who appear to be staffers turned away and ignored queries by a reporter, one smiling when asked if they were instructed not to answer questions.

Pennsylvania delegates are waving yellow "Pennsylvania for McCain" rally towels that also say, "We're Not 'Bitter.'"
--Ed O'Keefe

8:38 p.m. For those looking for divine inspiration from tonight's NFL season premier -- or just another reason to watch the game instead of the proceedings -- in the last four presidential campaigns, if the Skins win their season opener, the Republicans win the White House. If they lose the opener, the Democrats win. To the numbers:

'08 -- Undecided

'04 -- Washington 16, Tampa Bay 10 (Clinton Portis, 148 yards rushing). BUSH wins

'00 -- Washington 20, Carolina 17 (Stephen Davis ran for 133 yards). BUSH wins

'96 -- Philadelphia 17, Washington 14 (Eagles QB Rodney Peete lights up the Skins D for 269 yards passing) CLINTON wins

'92 -- Dallas 23, Washington 20 (Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith pounds Skins D for 140 yards rushing) CLINTON wins

With the Skins trailing New York 16-7 in the 2nd quarter, this could be an Obama omen.

However, the last time the team opened their season with the Giants in a presidential year -- 1988 -- the Skins lost 27-20, despite 288 yards passing by Doug Williams. And Bush won that year.
--Paul Kane

8:19 p.m. Henry Kissinger is sitting in the VIP box off the floor, near Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine.
--Kevin Merida

8:11 p.m. Joe Gibbs's money quote: "By supporting the McCain-Palin ticket, I am confident that we are choosing the right game plan for America!

"I believe that electing John McCain and Sarah Palin will spark a return to God's Word and a spiritual revival that will bring our nation together. God bless you, and God bless America!"
--Ben Pershing

Posted at 10:04 PM ET on Sep 4, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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It wouldnt change my opionion though, I think Sarah Palin Should be the GOP nominee!! not McCain. The Republicans are much more excited about palin then mccain., The new most famous person in the world.

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

This site has everything about her scandals, Levi the Boy Friend, what really happen with ebay plane. http://www.hotpres.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 6, 2008 11:32 AM

McChange set a Record TV Audience, I wonder why?

Hmmmm....

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

We love you John! We can't wait until you take Sarah to Washington!

McChange 08' "Washington will PAY when he gets LIN office."

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCON! | September 5, 2008 7:05 PM

Mc/Pains little lady sure made an ass of America an Senator McCain and Palin just a praising him??. How fast you all forget that if Iraq was not attacked, there would be no threat from Alquida in Iraq now. Remember, scratch your heads, Sadam hated Bin laden and would have crushed him in a minute. America gave him Iraq on a silver platter But don't fret she will have McCain gutted and mounted in a year. Then she well gut America just like your President. And, think and scratch again. Her son will not see the true battle ground. He will be placed away from harm. Loud mouth little girl, no Barracuda, that's for sure. Palins in for a big surprize. Yawn. How you all forget how much you have suffered since 911, and Iraq had not a thing to do with it. May your god protect you and bless all your fallen and injured Heros for years to come..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 6:39 PM

It seems like Obama got more of a bounce out of the RNC than McCain/Pain

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 1:32 PM

OK. Now the conventions are over. As a Democrat, I am even more proud of my party's big event than I was last week. It included a large, energized crowd of "regular folks" from many backgrounds, ages and economic situations. Speakers talked about the future of our country in upbeat, action-oriented terms. And my nominee gave a speech that combined policy details with vision and inspiration. Quite a contrast from the Republican event.

The basic choice is still the same: Which ticket has the set of policies to revitalize this country, and the skills and talent to get the job done?

Go to Sen. Obama's website and click on "Issues" at the top of the screen for his policies and positions on a wide range of topics http://www.barackobama.com/index.php

Below is a small clip from Barack Obama's website about one of the many ideas he has for creating an America that functions well for everyone -

Provide Middle Class Americans Tax Relief:

Obama will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families to offset the payroll tax they pay.

Provide a Tax Cut for Working Families: Obama will restore fairness to the tax code and provide 150 million workers the tax relief they need. Obama will create a new "Making Work Pay" tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family. The "Making Work Pay" tax credit will completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans.

Eliminate Income Taxes for Seniors Making Less than $50,000: Barack Obama will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This proposal will eliminate income taxes for 7 million seniors and provide these seniors with an average savings of $1,400 each year. Under the Obama plan, 27 million American seniors will also not need to file an income tax return.

Simplify Tax Filings for Middle Class Americans: Obama will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.

Get the facts. Fight the smears and focus on plans and policies. It's too important to get it wrong again.

Posted by: lj329 | September 5, 2008 10:43 AM

Below is a sample of Barack Obama's plan to get America back on trak. See more at his website: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/

Restore Fiscal Discipline to Washington

Reinstate PAYGO Rules:
Obama believes that a critical step in restoring fiscal discipline is enforcing pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for by cuts to other programs or new revenue.
Reverse Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy: Obama will protect tax cuts for poor and middle class families, but he will reverse most of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers.

Cut Pork Barrel Spending: Obama introduced and passed bipartisan legislation that would require more disclosure and transparency for special-interest earmarks. Obama believes that spending that cannot withstand public scrutiny cannot be justified. Obama will slash earmarks to no greater than year 2001 levels and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public.

Make Government Spending More Accountable and Efficient:
Obama will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid. Obama will also increase the efficiency of government programs through better use of technology, stronger management that demands accountability and by leveraging the government's high-volume purchasing power to get lower prices.

End Wasteful Government Spending:
Obama will stop funding wasteful, obsolete federal government programs that make no financial sense. Obama has called for an end to subsidies for oil and gas companies that are enjoying record profits, as well as the elimination of subsidies to the private student loan industry which has repeatedly used unethical business practices. Obama will also tackle wasteful spending in the Medicare program.

Posted by: lj329 | September 5, 2008 10:43 AM

While I support The McCain ticket I would challenge that if America as a whole really wanted DRAMATIC change... they would send both Democrats and Republicans alike a message by voting in a third party candidate. However most Americans are not brave enough to do that and really abandon partisan politics. A good thing about seeing a woman like Palin elected is it shows that anyone can come up through the trenches without being in bed with lobbyists and Washington good ole boys and shake things up. Instead of looking at all the negative maybe we as voters and citizens should take responsibility for not holding all our public servants to the same standard of accountability that we hold say ourselves to. We continue to elect baraccudas because we ourselves are not brave enough to stand up as one united people and march demanding change. We complain about each party and all the politicians in some manner but we ourselves effect nothing by letting them do whatever it is they do. Our city government is so well funded that they have time to tell us how many dogs we an have in our homes, and lets just talk about how many useless federal laws the people WE elect sit around for hours making to control us or is it rather just job security for them. Our own laws have become so convoluted that the average citizen is often baffeled by them. Honestly though who has allowed this to happen. We are all part of the problem. We all want to complain and half want to be in charge but no one wants to take self responsibility. REAL change? While I believe it can happen the days are not yet here where the average citizen is really ready to do more than complain and say let's just pick the worst of two evils because we have no choice. A real choice would require all those struggling families to stop and get involved. As long as we are kept struggling, fighting to pay bills and baffled by laws that we pay others to write and ones that are really NOT needed we will never see real change. The days where a parent can discipline a child and make an honest wage for an honest boss and freedom of assembly are gone until the PEOPLE take control. SO I am just wondering how many of you have complaints about both parties but are too afraid to put in some time to write in or elect someone who really promotes change? Why are there just two choices? Why can't the average American who takes the time to get involved and serve thier country be good enough? Why does it take MILLIONS of dollars for us to believe in our public servants? Where are they guys who just spend two years going door to door and saying remember me on Election day... I am running on NO funding but rather on my own two feet to SERVE this country? I believe that if a person ran on a ticket that supported the basic concept of self responsibility and equal GOVERNMENT responsibility they would win... if only we the PEOPLE would believe. So I have to believe in someone... at least I can connect with McCain and Palin. ps. Where is that little man with big ears and good financial sense when we need him.. he might make good oversite for some of our overspending unchecked politians and surely he can afford to VOLUNTEER. (Ross.. where are you now?)
Sarah Short
Anchorage Alaska
mother, ex-military, Active community volunteer, student, tax payer, and humble American- thankful for those who serve others!

Posted by: Sarah Short | September 5, 2008 2:04 AM

thebob.bob:

If there was any chance you would vote for McCain, maybe I would explain.

Posted by: JakeD | September 5, 2008 1:25 AM

I don't understand how McCain, who spent six years being tortured in a cage in Hanoi, (unable to attend Woodstock) can stand by his support of an Administration that admits to doing what the VC did to McCain to it's enemy combatants and refuses to call it torture. It's bizarre. It suggest a Stockholm syndrome like personality disorder. It's a deal breaker.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 4, 2008 11:55 PM

This speech was devoid of details. "Change" has no specifics here.

Is McCain ever going to let us know how he would help us get from present pain to some amelioration of our hurting?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:25 PM

a disconnect between mouth and brain

Posted by: JohnB | September 4, 2008 11:20 PM

I watch with an open but this is the worst. If he get a bump from this I will be astonished.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:01 PM

This whole speech is piece meal of his stump speeches. He hasn't said a new word. Is this a joke or is he really this bad.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:58 PM

The heckler's sign read "McCain votes against vets" on one side, and "You can't win an occupation" on the other side. Both sides could be seen on TV briefly.

Btw, I also agree that not mentioning or even acknowledging Carol McCain with a single nod (other than having her three children on stage as if they were Cindy's) is, well, both disgusting and very understandable. They just can't.

Posted by: Adrian | September 4, 2008 10:46 PM

If anyone remembers a word of this speech it will be a miriacal.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:39 PM

Worst speaker since Harry S Truman.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:37 PM

Secret Service identifying hecklers? Out of their jurisdiction, to say the least. Sounds like an enterprising reporter would place a call to Mark Sullivan, Director, United States Secret Service.

Posted by: SS | September 4, 2008 10:37 PM

McCain says he fought corruption but doesn't mention Keating 5. Says he fights against pork, but doesn't mention the $27 million Palin got for her village with the help of the indicted Ted Stevens. I guess that wouldn't go over well with the Wingnut faithful.

And I ask again, how much make-up is he wearing?

Posted by: ZappoDave | September 4, 2008 10:36 PM

Here we go again with the Wingnuts using 9/11 for fear and propaganda purposes.


The same people who had the intelligence to warn of such an attack but never gave it a thought. They can rally on the event but never consider themselves at fault. I believe it is the definition of a sociopath?

These very same Rethuglicans exhibit superficial Charm.

They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering.

They have a grandiose sense of self and
feels entitled to certain things as "their right".

They have no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. They can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. They are extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

They lack remorse, shame or guilt.
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. They do not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Theses idiot Rethuglicans have shallow emotions.
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

And at their very core they are nothing but tough talking Republican chickenhawks who have no problem sending someone elses family members or loved ones off to fight their stupid pre-emptive wars for them.


Case in point:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFGit_tZDqs
.

...eneogh said!!!

Posted by: Agent Orange | September 4, 2008 10:30 PM

YAWN!

Right.

Thanks.

Posted by: there is no anonymous anymore | September 4, 2008 10:29 PM

WHY DID McCAIN AVOID ANY REFERENCE TO CAROL McCAIN, HIS WIFE WHO WAITED FIVE AND A HALF YEARS FOR HIS RELEASE? BECAUSE HE'S A SCUMBAG, THAT'S WHY!!!

Posted by: the racist mccains | September 4, 2008 10:20 PM

McCain just bumped any reference to his first wife Carol McCain form his intro video, because it'll reveal that he was cheating with Cindy and dumped the woman who waited for him for 5 and a half years. McCain has no honor.

Posted by: the racist mmcains | September 4, 2008 10:19 PM

Pressure' on McCain to deliver here. He needs to ditch Bush and pick up some economic empathy. But I saw the excerpts, and it's going to be full of POW garbage.

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

Posted by: mp | September 4, 2008 10:12 PM

Mccain will today appeal to independent voters and would try to show his Maverick side. Yesterday Palin's job was to excit the base, from now onwards she will be focussed towards white evangelicals.

So, Mccain has cleverly created one two punch, Sarah to base and John towards independent voters.

I feel they would be able to wipe out democrats and O'bama forever.

Posted by: sam69 | September 4, 2008 10:09 PM

No McCain in the White House. As an American citizen for 65 years, I have never seen such disgusting show of pathetic lies. We are Americans, and the Republicans have insulted us over and over again.

Posted by: mzbond | September 4, 2008 9:57 PM

War, War, War, there would be no war but for the Republicans.

Cindy McCain is disgusting! She can lie equally as John McCain and Palin.

Posted by: mzbond | September 4, 2008 9:55 PM

16-7 Giants so far

McCain is going down!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:45 PM

Footloose!

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 8:34 PM

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