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After McCain Cancels, Letterman Sharpens His Wit

By Michael D. Shear
NEW YORK -- Amid the seriousness of the day, Sen. John McCain may have bruised the feelings of late-night comedian David Letterman.

McCain was due to tape an appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" at around 5 p.m. EST, but canceled that taping after dramatically announcing that he was suspending his campaign and would return to Washington Thursday morning.

At the beginning of the show, set to air later tonight, Letterman tells his audience about the cancellation. But then, in the middle of the taping, Letterman finds out that McCain had gone to tape an interview with CBS's Katie Couric instead of back to D.C.

"Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?" Letterman joked.

He used the on-again, off-again appearance to crack jokes at McCain's expense.

"You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right," he said. "This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."

And another: "What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

Posted at 9:07 PM ET on Sep 24, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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Do not sell Palin short, she is very well qualified to lead the republican party. She is well versed in the abuse of power, vindictive ignorance of the law and moral values, waste of public money, and the attitude that she is God's chosen one who can do no wrong. Sounds like a perfect republican to me, another brain dead religious nut waiting to be saved while skating through life taking everything she can along the way while sharing nothing with the peasants who pay for it all. There in lies the major difference between republicans and democrats, the willingness to share with those who hold a lower "standing", though just as important, in the bigger picture of America and more importantly, the world.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | September 29, 2008 1:23 PM

I mean there's real crises going on here - there's molecules to flag and Putin's giant head invading Alaska's airspace, not to mention trying desperately to spin the Keating five dealio. Good times.

Posted by: tweldy | September 26, 2008 11:45 AM

We all know Dave that if you would have wore a skirt and some makeup and told McCain he was talking to Ms. Daisey. He would have showed up for sure.

Fact is he wanted to spend the night with Katie shouldn't surprise anyone....

B.T.W. Obama didn't stiff SNL at the LAST MINUTE! He notified them a day ahead of time!!! Unlike the STUNT McCain pulled!!!

That was downright disrespectful that he seen Katie instead, then DIDN'T LEAVE UNTIL MORNING!!!

Posted by: Rednack4Reason | September 26, 2008 10:59 AM

Please read related article titled: "Liberals Forgot Obama Stiffed SNL Only Two Weeks Ago! Bring On The Ginko Biloba!" at http://www.cliffyworld.com/blogs

Posted by: Cliffyworld | September 26, 2008 1:30 AM

ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman Reports: Former President Bill Clinton defended Sen. John McCain's request to delay the first presidential debate, saying McCain did it in "good faith" and pushed organizers to reserve time for economy talk during the debate if the Friday plans move forward.

Appearing on Good Morning America Thursday, Clinton told ABC News' Chris Cuomo that McCain's push to postpone the debate would only be a good political move if both candidates agreed. McCain announced on Wednesday that he would "suspend" his presidential campaign to come to Washington to help negotiate a financial bailout bill.

"We know he didn't do it because he's afraid because Sen. McCain wanted more debates," Clinton said, adding that he was "encouraged" by the joint statement from McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

"You can put it off a few days the problem is it's hard to reschedule those things," Clinton said, "I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted -- I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don't think we ought to overly parse that."
Also... During the interview Bill Clinton blamed the Democrats for blocking reform of the mortgage giants:


Going very much against the media theme that the current financial crisis is all George W. Bush and the Republicans’ fault, Bill Clinton on Thursday told ABC’s Chris Cuomo that Democrats for years have been “resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac”
True.
President Bush warned about reforming Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae 17 times this year alone.
John McCain's reform bill was blocked by dems in 2005.
Thank you, Bill Clinton!

Posted by: thecannula | September 25, 2008 10:09 PM

Before Bush's phone call, as McCain put everything on hold to help fix our countries economic fallout, Obama stood back and made the statement "If I can be helpful, then I am prepared to be anywhere, any time". I guess he was too busy cramming in Clearwater for his big midterm. Cue the music-


CHORUS
And no wind (no wind)
And no rain (no rain)
Or winter’s cold
Can stop me, baby (oh baby)
‘Cause if you’re ever in trouble
I’ll be there on the double
Just send for me, baby
Oh baby....

Country first or ME first ???

Posted by: thecannula | September 25, 2008 6:55 PM

Man has McCain got a giant ego or what?

He abandoned his job in the Senate months ago, has missed over 400 consecutive votes this year, then suddenly he thinks he is the return of Jesus or something sweeping down from the sky and healing a sick country or something.

News to McCain: There are alot of high level people in Washington working on the issue and while I recommend you vote...the last thing they need is 2 Political campaigns for president mucking up the works.

None of McCain's actions show country first...they are all about John McCain's big giant EGO!

Posted by: MarcMyWords | September 25, 2008 6:08 PM

Man has McCain got a giant ego or what?

He abandoned his job in the Senate months ago, has missed over 400 consecutive votes this year, then suddenly he thinks he is the return of Jesus or something sweeping down from the sky and healing a sick country or something.

News to McCain: There are alot of high level people in Washington working on the issue and while I recommend you vote...the last thing they need is 2 Political campigns for president mucking up the works.

None of McCain's actions show country first...they are all about John McCain's big giant EGO!

Posted by: MarcMyWords | September 25, 2008 6:08 PM

McCain Lies about Campaign Suspension.

I'm Shocked....NOT!


Andrew Sullivan has reports from two different readers in two different media markets that McCain ads are up and running as relentlessly as ever.

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/what-suspension.html
.


David Kurtz at Talking Points Memo reports on McCain surrogate Nancy Pfotenhauer appearing on Fox to attack Obama:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/219623.php
.


And then Pfotenhauer scoots on over to the Washington Times for a friendly little chat about the campaign.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/25/live-chat-mccain-adviser-nancy-mitchell-pfotenhaue/
.


Guess we'll be seeing McCain at the debates tomorrow since he's decided to keep his campaign going. Right?

Posted by: DrainYou | September 25, 2008 2:02 PM

When Obama was first asked by McCain to postpone the debate and go back to Washington to take care of business, Obama replied, "Errrrrrr ahhhhhhhhh ummmmm ahhhh errrrrr ahhhhh Oh I errrrrr yes well ahhhh unmmmmm....Where's my G.D. teleprompter"?

Posted by: ekim53 | September 25, 2008 1:52 PM

McCain was canceling Friday's debate in the hopes he could use the Veep debate time slot so Palin would not have to face Biden. He was not honest with Letterman. He could have used the slot on Letterman to cement unity on the bailout, but knee-jerked his tactics once again.

Stop with the Late Show bashing. If the show is so unwatchable, old and tired, why did McCain Announce His Candidacy on the show? Why was he going on it again last night for the 13th time?

Posted by: robert818 | September 25, 2008 1:49 PM

McCain is afraid of the ghost of William Faulkner
__________________________________
ROFL Obama has already refused many town hall debates suggested by McCain. McCain already cleaned Obama's clock in Saddleback. McCain took on the Viet Cong and he's certainly not afraid of the empty suit teleprompter dependent community organizer.
Yes Obams is not needed in congress at this time and he's not ever needed as president.

Posted by: ekim53 | September 25, 2008 1:43 PM

McCain is afraid of the ghost of William Faulkner
__________________________________
ROFL Obama has already refused many town hall debates suggested by McCain. McCain already cleaned Obama's clock in Saddleback. McCain took on the Viet Cong and he's certainly not afraid of the empty suit teleprompter dependent community organizer.
Yes Obams is not needed in congress at this time and he's not ever needed as president.

Posted by: ekim53 | September 25, 2008 1:38 PM

McCain is afraid of the ghost of William Faulkner
__________________________________
ROFL Obama has already refused many town hall debates suggested by McCain. McCain already cleaned Obama's clock in Saddleback. McCain took on the Viet Cong and he's certainly not afraid of the empty suit teleprompter dependent community organizer.
Yes Obams is not needed in congress at this time and he's not ever needed as president.

Posted by: ekim53 | September 25, 2008 1:38 PM

Classic Letterman! It was a joy to watch his directness and honesty wrapped in humor.

McCain is coming off as a crazy old coot to Americans. Has he always been a pathological liar or is this something new that has come about because of his desperation to be President of the United States ... not to serve the country or the people, but rather for his own ego ... or could it be that it is a part of dementia due to aging?

Can McCain really think Americans are so dumb that they cannot see for themselves the repeated lies and flip flops? Does he think we are all brainwashed and will believe his words and not his actions?

You go, David Letterman! You were spot on regarding your comments about how much sense it does not make to just postpone one's campaign and not allow their Vice Presidential running mate to take over .... unless that VP running mate is just totally incompetent. .... And I roared with laughter when you caught him doing the interview with Katie Couric. What a fool this McCain person is.

Thanks for the laughs, Dave!

Posted by: SJefferson | September 25, 2008 1:33 PM

roofelstoon:
"McKeating5 is chicken! He's afraid of facing Obama."

Maybe you should listen to your hero, Bill Clinton, who this morning took to task anyone accusing McCain of trying to back out of debating Obama. Clinton crisply pointed out that Obama turned down multiple invitations from McCain to show up at many townhalls.

Oh, and Bill Clinton went on to pin blame for the current crisis on ......wait for it...... the Democrats in Congress who stonewalled the efforts Republicans tried to make with Clinton's help in the final years of his presidency to address the lack of regulations in the financial industry.

So just to recap, Bill Clinton:
- called Obama a chicken, and
- put blame on congressional Democrats for putting us in the current financial mess.

How's that taste, Democrats? I always knew I liked that guy....

Posted by: dbw | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM

Can you believe McCain? He calls Letterman and says he's got to go to Washington, and he's down the street! What a liar.

Why is McCain in a rush to save the economy anyway? He's been a senator for 22 years! He couldn't save the economy all that time. I'm sure the Senate doesn't need him now

Posted by: Freesurf | September 25, 2008 12:52 PM

Someone nominate David Letterman for a Peabody....
Absolute genius analysis.
McCain waited at least 18 hours before hopping on a plane towards Washington. In the middle of that time he did interviews with CBS and campaigned at the Clinton Global Initiative.
Crisis? My A$$.
Something doesn't smell right. Perhaps its McCain's decaying body.

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | September 25, 2008 12:43 PM

The republicans got everything they wanted, and America got disaster.

Posted by: Charles | September 25, 2008 12:40 PM

FUN?

Posted by: FUN | September 25, 2008 12:35 PM

we're having a lot of fun now right?

Posted by: FUN | September 25, 2008 12:33 PM

Dems are Catchers on their Knees. Wait this is sophisticated stuff. And gay in a manly good way.

Posted by: Libs take it in the backdoor | September 25, 2008 12:31 PM

Couldn't have written it better myself.

McCain-Palin '08

cause I am a dummy

Posted by: hockey mom | September 25, 2008 12:27 PM

Should I write another long winded blowhard statement and boar everyone just to show you how smart I am, like this one...The propagation of Junior Senator Barack Obama as a candidate for the highest office of a first world nation is a defining manifestation of methodical, multi-partisan, collaborative efforts to dumb-down Americans, a longstanding assault on free-thinking individualists both within the borders of the United States and throughout the world.

There is no need for a Manchurian Candidate; the constituency has been brainwashed through the demoralizing, reductionist, speculative tyranny of the psychopharmacology corporate and its dispassionate socialist collaborators, as well as the aesthetic, cultural, and linguistic terrorism spewed forth from the corporate socialists of Hollywood and other self-identified bastions of "culture" in collaboration with the, again, corporate socialist mainstream media.

Those who bemoan the image of America should look to the very people who have irresponsibly and deliberately created an aesthetic and qualitative vacuum in American society, a void observed and disdained by those around the world unfortunate enough to be subjected to its nihilistic surreality via "technology." These same psychological and spiritual terrorists have collaborated in the creation and coercive propagation of a virtual statesman, a disintegrated opportunist, a projected, teleprompted veneer of the Corporate, to fill the qualitative void they themselves effected. A suitable candidate for the global Manchurian constituency.

Obama was cultivated & promoted by pervasive & resourceful networks of Marxists and collaborative speculators in the US & abroad who ensured his Harvard rubber-stamp & launched his political career. Notable if compared to latte Trotskyites & halfhearted apparatchiks, but hardly the American Dream.

Posted by: The Blowhard | September 25, 2008 12:25 PM

I wonder if McKeating5 will ever appear on Letterman again, at least during this election cycle?

Letterman was pretty scathing in his comments, and rightly so.

McKeating5 "suspends", and I'm using that term as loosely as McKeating5 seems to be using it, so he and go do DC to reach across party lines. Yet he's still in NYC.

McKeating5 is chicken! He's afraid of facing Obama. His guts have rolled up in him!

Posted by: Roofelstoon | September 25, 2008 12:23 PM

Of course, as Reason points out, Roosevelt wasn't president in 1929 and televisions were still experimental and McCain was 42 years old.

Posted by: FUN | September 25, 2008 12:21 PM

The only choice you have have is which one is TWEEDLEDEE and which one is TWEEDLEDUM

HAAA !

and McCain can be Grumpy!! wait who is really really old with pink eyes and yellow teeth, and Palin can be Dopey or someone who was locked away. this is fun.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:17 PM

I hate "the corporate socialists of Hollywood" Remember that old retarded guy Ronald Reagan?" I am middle aged dopey white guy.

Posted by: the Blowhard | September 25, 2008 12:12 PM

Nobody watched Letterman

Posted by: tim d | September 25, 2008 12:12 PM

Hey WP,why didn't you show the following on Obama's pick for VP because of his wisdom and experience. No bias...right?

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.'"

-- Sen. Joe Biden, in an interview with CBS News.

Of course, as Reason points out, Roosevelt wasn't president in 1929 and televisions were still experimental.
_______________________________________

Yes could you imagine if Palin or McCain said this? The media and the WP parrots wouldn't be able to contain themselves...their feathers would be flying and want McCain sent to an institution immediately and Palin back in beauty contests.
Yes Democrats and WP parrots, so sorry your STUCK WITH TWEEDLEDEE AND TWEEDLEDUM.
The only choice you have have is which one is TWEEDLEDEE and which one is TWEEDLEDUM

Posted by: mike | September 25, 2008 12:07 PM

Hey WP,why didn't you show the following on Obama's pick for VP because of his wisdom and experience. No bias...right?

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.'"

-- Sen. Joe Biden, in an interview with CBS News.

Of course, as Reason points out, Roosevelt wasn't president in 1929 and televisions were still experimental.
_______________________________________

Yes could you imagine if Palin or McCain said this? The WP parrots couldn't contain themselves...their feathers would be flying and want McCain sent to an institution immediately and Palin back in beauty contests.
Yes Democrats and WP parrots, so sorry your STUCK WITH TWEEDLEDEE AND TWEEDLEDUM.
The only choice you have have is which one is TWEEDLEDEE and which one is TWEEDLEDUM

Posted by: mike | September 25, 2008 12:06 PM

Ron,
Obama is the "best thing" since JFK, etc...

NEWS FLASH:
1)THEY HAD REAL WHITE PEOPLES EXPERIENCE. LIKE BOOTLEGGING AND GIVING LITTLE ROSE SHOCK TREATMENT AND A LOBOTOMY, AND CHEATING ON THEIR WIVES.
2) AMERICA KNEW THEY WERE WHITE FOR YEARS BEFORE AN ELECTION.
3) THEIR FAMILIES WERE PROUD OF AMERICA. AND BROKE IT'S LAWS AND NEVER CALLED THIS COUNTRY G D AMERICA. BUT THEY WOULD CALL A G D N-WORD A G D N-WORD.
4) DID NOT NEED A CONVICTED FELON TO BUY A HOME (mansion) THAT THEY COULD NOT AFFORD OTHERWISE.THE DRUNK ONE WAS NEVER CONVICTED OF THAT MURDER FELONY ON THE VINEYARD!!
5)THEY BELIEVED IN EQUALITY EXCEPT WHEN JFK HAD TO TELL SINATRA THAT HE DIDN"T WANT SAMMY DAVIS JR CAMPAIGNING FOR HIM BECAUSE THE LITTLE DARKIE WAS MARRIED TO ONE OF OUR WHITE WOMEN. THAT STUPID WOP STOOD BY SAMMY'S SIDE. AND JUST BECAUSE THE OLD MAN SUPPORTED HITLERS NAZI PARTY IN GERMANY THAT DOES NOT MEAN HE IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST.

Posted by: no n-words | September 25, 2008 12:06 PM

Ron,
Obama is the "best thing" since JFK, etc...

NEWS FLASH:
1)THEY HAD REAL WHITE PEOPLES EXPERIENCE. LIKE BOOTLEGGING AND GIVING LITTLE ROSE SHOCK TREATMENT AND A LOBOTOMY, AND CHEATING ON THEIR WIVES.
2) AMERICA KNEW THEY WERE WHITE FOR YEARS BEFORE AN ELECTION.
3) THEIR FAMILIES WERE PROUD OF AMERICA. AND BROKE IT'S LAWS AND NEVER CALLED THIS COUNTRY G D AMERICA. BUT THEY WOULD CALL A G D N-WORD A G D N-WORD.
4) DID NOT NEED A CONVICTED FELON TO BUY A HOME (mansion) THAT THEY COULD NOT AFFORD OTHERWISE.THE DRUNK ONE WAS NEVER CONVICTED OF THAT MURDER FELONY ON THE VINEYARD!!
5)THEY BELIEVED IN EQUALITY EXCEPT WHEN JFK HAD TO TELL SINATRA THAT HE DIDN"T WANT SAMMY DAVIS JR CAMPAIGNING FOR HIM BECAUSE THE LITTLE DARKIE WAS MARRIED TO ONE OF OUR WHITE WOMEN. THAT STUPID WOP STOOD BY SAMMY'S SIDE. AND JUST BECAUSE THE OLD MAN SUPPORTED HITLERS NAZI PARTY IN GERMANY THAT DOES NOT MEAN HE IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST.

Posted by: no n-words | September 25, 2008 12:06 PM

Ron,
Obama is the "best thing" since JFK, etc...

NEWS FLASH:
1)THEY HAD REAL WHITE PEOPLES EXPERIENCE. LIKE BOOTLEGGING AND GIVING LITTLE ROSE SHOCK TREATMENT AND A LOBOTOMY, AND CHEATING ON THEIR WIVES.
2) AMERICA KNEW THEY WERE WHITE FOR YEARS BEFORE AN ELECTION.
3) THEIR FAMILIES WERE PROUD OF AMERICA. AND BROKE IT'S LAWS AND NEVER CALLED THIS COUNTRY G D AMERICA. BUT THEY WOULD CALL A G D N-WORD A G D N-WORD.
4) DID NOT NEED A CONVICTED FELON TO BUY A HOME (mansion) THAT THEY COULD NOT AFFORD OTHERWISE.THE DRUNK ONE WAS NEVER CONVICTED OF THAT MURDER FELONY ON THE VINEYARD!!
5)THEY BELIEVED IN EQUALITY EXCEPT WHEN JFK HAD TO TELL SINATRA THAT HE DIDN"T WANT SAMMY DAVIS JR CAMPAIGNING FOR HIM BECAUSE THE LITTLE DARKIE WAS MARRIED TO ONE OF OUR WHITE WOMEN. THAT STUPID WOP STOOD BY SAMMY'S SIDE. AND JUST BECAUSE THE OLD MAN SUPPORTED HITLERS NAZI PARTY IN GERMANY THAT DOES NOT MEAN HE IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST.

Posted by: no n-words | September 25, 2008 12:06 PM

To Anon @ 11:48 AM, LMFAO. Good one, put in small words with succint phrases that even "the (self-admitted) Blowhard can read, but unfortunately, still won't be able to grasp.

Posted by: Dems are Catchers on their Knees | September 25, 2008 11:56 AM

Yes, Blowhard, you are a blowhard dope. But not for the reasons you give.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:48 AM

The propagation of Junior Senator Barack Obama as a candidate for the highest office of a first world nation is a defining manifestation of methodical, multi-partisan, collaborative efforts to dumb-down Americans, a longstanding assault on free-thinking individualists both within the borders of the United States and throughout the world.

There is no need for a Manchurian Candidate; the constituency has been brainwashed through the demoralizing, reductionist, speculative tyranny of the psychopharmacology corporate and its dispassionate socialist collaborators, as well as the aesthetic, cultural, and linguistic terrorism spewed forth from the corporate socialists of Hollywood and other self-identified bastions of "culture" in collaboration with the, again, corporate socialist mainstream media.

Those who bemoan the image of America should look to the very people who have irresponsibly and deliberately created an aesthetic and qualitative vacuum in American society, a void observed and disdained by those around the world unfortunate enough to be subjected to its nihilistic surreality via "technology." These same psychological and spiritual terrorists have collaborated in the creation and coercive propagation of a virtual statesman, a disintegrated opportunist, a projected, teleprompted veneer of the Corporate, to fill the qualitative void they themselves effected. A suitable candidate for the global Manchurian constituency.

Obama was cultivated & promoted by pervasive & resourceful networks of Marxists and collaborative speculators in the US & abroad who ensured his Harvard rubber-stamp & launched his political career. Notable if compared to latte Trotskyites & halfhearted apparatchiks, but hardly the American Dream.

---

Couldn't have written it better myself.

McCain-Palin '08

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:47 AM

I am a big dope who writes big dopey sentences like "The propagation of Junior Senator Barack Obama as a candidate for the highest office of a first world nation is a defining manifestation of methodical, multi-partisan, collaborative efforts to dumb-down Americans, a longstanding assault on free-thinking individualists both within the borders of the United States and throughout the world".

then I go on to be eveven stupider with "There is no need for a Manchurian Candidate; the constituency has been brainwashed through the demoralizing, reductionist, speculative tyranny of the psychopharmacology corporate and its dispassionate socialist collaborators, as well as the aesthetic, cultural, and linguistic terrorism spewed forth from the corporate socialists of Hollywood and other self-identified bastions of "culture" in collaboration with the, again, corporate socialist mainstream media".

then I blah blah and boar you with real big words and close with "the American Dream". I am a blowhard DOPE

Posted by: the Blowhard | September 25, 2008 11:44 AM

"How is what McCain did any different from Obama bailing out from his scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live last week?"

Well, for one thing, Obama didn't turn around and show up on MAD-TV.

The real difference, though, is that many politicians, including John McCain, regularly use Dave's show to discuss serious issues. Bill Clinton was just a guest on Monday, and they didn't talk about Paris Hilton. (Maybe McCain was afraid of being followed by Chris Rock.) Dave knows the difference between interviewing presidential candidates and movie stars. Being a scheduled guest on Letterman is NOT the same as making a cameo on a sketch-comedy show, just because he opens with a monologue. If McCain wanted to talk issues, they would have talked issues. Instead, McCain decided to blow him off with a dubious excuse, only to renege and appear on another show at the same time he would have been taping the segment on Dave's show. (And it's not as though talking to Katie Couric was going to somehow expedite the proceedings in Washington any more than talking to David Letterman would have.)

Posted by: Fun Facts | September 25, 2008 11:40 AM

The issue with Letterman was that McSame LIED. He was canceling to "go back to Washington". That was a lie. He had time to go on Couric and then stay overnight in NYC to make what amounted to a campaign speech at the Clinton Initiative event. He is a hot headed impulsive liar and someone we don't need within a mile of the oval office. I don't blame Letterman for being torqued. He was LIED to about the cancelation.

Posted by: Pearl77 | September 25, 2008 11:39 AM

Good for Letterman! Expose and mock the hypocritical political McCain!

I'm not fooled. McCain wanted to make sure he told Katie Couric, "Hey be gentle with Sarah!"

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 25, 2008 11:32 AM


The propagation of Junior Senator Barack Obama as a candidate for the highest office of a first world nation is a defining manifestation of methodical, multi-partisan, collaborative efforts to dumb-down Americans, a longstanding assault on free-thinking individualists both within the borders of the United States and throughout the world.

There is no need for a Manchurian Candidate; the constituency has been brainwashed through the demoralizing, reductionist, speculative tyranny of the psychopharmacology corporate and its dispassionate socialist collaborators, as well as the aesthetic, cultural, and linguistic terrorism spewed forth from the corporate socialists of Hollywood and other self-identified bastions of "culture" in collaboration with the, again, corporate socialist mainstream media.

Those who bemoan the image of America should look to the very people who have irresponsibly and deliberately created an aesthetic and qualitative vacuum in American society, a void observed and disdained by those around the world unfortunate enough to be subjected to its nihilistic surreality via "technology." These same psychological and spiritual terrorists have collaborated in the creation and coercive propagation of a virtual statesman, a disintegrated opportunist, a projected, teleprompted veneer of the Corporate, to fill the qualitative void they themselves effected. A suitable candidate for the global Manchurian constituency.

Obama was cultivated & promoted by pervasive & resourceful networks of Marxists and collaborative speculators in the US & abroad who ensured his Harvard rubber-stamp & launched his political career. Notable if compared to latte Trotskyites & halfhearted apparatchiks, but hardly the American Dream.

Posted by: AGRARIA | September 25, 2008 11:15 AM

You go Dave! Why couldn't McCain do his interview on Letterman which is probably watched by more people than Couric's show anyway?

McCain is stopping his campaign about 4 days too late if his reason is really to devote all his time to the economic crisis. Oh but wait, first he had to promote his own plan. THEN he could be noble and stop campaigning.

Posted by: webg | September 25, 2008 11:15 AM

Ron,
Obama is the "best thing" since JFK, etc...

NEWS FLASH:
1)THEY HAD EXPERIENCE.
2) AMERICA KNEW WHO THEY WERE FOR YEARS BEFORE AN ELECTION.
3) THEIR FAMILIES WERE PROUD OF AMERICA. AND NEVER CALLED THIS COUNTRY G D AMERICA.
4) DID NOT NEED A CONVICTED FELON TO BUY A HOME (mansion) THAT THEY COULD NOT AFFORD OTHERWISE.
5)THEY BELIEVED IN EQUALITY AND DID NOT FOLLOW BLACK (or white) LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR 20 YEARS! A nice name for black supremacy.

Posted by: NO HYPOCRITES | September 25, 2008 11:10 AM

How totally selfish of David Letterman.

Does he really believe that the world revolves around HIM and his FOR ENTERTAINMENT late night talk show?

Since his show comes on late night, we can only assume that he has been day sleeping and thus missing the news that the U S economy is on the blink of failure.
If anyone knows David personally, PLEASE tell him.


P S - I use to really love this guy, but this is about the final straw for David Letterman and his political siding.

Posted by: NO HYPOCRITES | September 25, 2008 11:02 AM


A SILENT COUP? DOES NAIVETE OBSCURE WHAT'S OVER THE HORIZON?

The real question is who is working the strings on the McCain-Palin marionette.

McCain is not his own man these days. The one-eighty he displayed with his vice presidential selection tells the tale. Look at John McCain's eyes. They are very red and glassy. Something is not right.

The current financial "crisis" conjures up memories of the Reichstag fire, "Remember the Maine," the Gulf of Tonkin, and "weapons of mass destruction." This is a manufactured crisis, a manifestation of a long-term strategy aimed at imposing autocratic dominance upon the supposedly co-equal branches of federal government.

The "suspension" of the McCain-Palin campaign could be just the initial salvo in an assault upon the American political system. What's next? A manipulated market crash? Suspension of the presidential election? Imposition of martial law?

Don't laugh. The plans are in place; the executive orders have been signed. The FEMA camps are ready to receive the "dissenters."

Think it can't happen in America? Consider THIS:

TARGETING OF AMERICANS BY GOV'T AGENCIES
A ROOT CAUSE OF WALL STREET MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation -- to cede effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis.

But were lenders ORDERED to offer "easy credit" to people "targeted" by government agencies?

Is government "targeting" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

For more, see:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | September 25, 2008 10:52 AM

I think Letterman should get a grip-seriously.

How is what McCain did any different from Obama bailing out from his scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live last week? (Which by the way, he gave the exact same reasons for--"not a time to be funny")

Folks, I'm sorry that all of your individual blind biases prevent you from seeing that both of these guys every move is calculated at this point. How could you not realize that?

Barack Obama is not the be-all, end-all magic potion that he's being made out to be. More of a case of "the Emperor Has No Clue".

John McCain's best strengths would be used in the Senate, where he is. He's well beyond the point of being an effective executive, and God knows, his VP isn't ready for it.

Hard, cold facts. Take it or leave it.

Posted by: chirlee | September 25, 2008 10:51 AM

Don't cry about gas nor our Auto industry. Do not forget that GM leased a excellent car years ago and crushed them all at the owners disbelief. It caused a illegal war, It's oil, oil, oil, money most politicians made bigs bucks from. Don't even suggest the technology is not available. Please look back twenty years. You went to the moon did you not??
Don't cry about Letterman, nor any Candidate hopeful. That point is mute. You the people are screwed.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 25, 2008 10:33 AM

Wow, I can't believe McCain, this man is the most cynical and craven politician i have seem in my 40 yrs. This latest move, like picking gump Palin, is so calculated, its insulting. Clearly, McCain is trying desperately to save his campaign!! Are you serious that everyone doesn't see this as a bald faced attempt to slow Obama's big Mo! You gotta be kidding me right.
Can anyone tell me why this election is so close again. You and I both know why McCain(the weakest link) is still in this. Grow up America, you have been virtually beat up for the past 8 years from the Bush incompentence and yet you are oblivious and want the same for 4 more years!!
This is incredible on so many levels. We all know why this race is still close. Admit it.

Obama is clearly the best thing since JFK, RFK and WJC. Why, America can't we see that. What a shame!!! I honestly grieve for my country if you elect McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Ron DC | September 25, 2008 10:33 AM

It not about what letterman thinks...

but McCain actions speak louder than words

...last minute cancellation, a lie to cover it (was he afraid to tell the truth to letterman!!) and then caught in the lie.

a bit of thought with this an he could have won votes...a video /phone interview, say sorry for cancelling but there is important work to do - he could even have explained talking to a news show.

his mind isn't working and if he handles foreign policy like he handles a talk show appearance we are in trouble.

Posted by: billy | September 25, 2008 10:25 AM

Katie Couric is such a joke. She's the type who gives real journalists a bad name and brings the accusations of bias against her entire profession. I would love to see her ask questions like that to Obama....I mean, if she could stop starting dreamily into the Messiah's eyes long enough to ask a tough question.

Posted by: dbw | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM

I think you're concerns stem from having a backwoods mayor in a national race and being uncertain of what position to take. She could not counter Couric because that would expose her ignorance so she went along. You may think that the selection of Palin was brilliant but now you are seeing the fallout from it and do not wish to acknowledge it. In the case of Palin it is not necessary to attack her, all you have to do is ask her a question out of her range and Sarah will attack herself.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 25, 2008 10:21 AM

Ah, modern politics, where reporting on comedians is considered news.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:19 AM

I forgot, the world revolves around Letterman. Dave, pull your thumb out of your mouth.

Posted by: Truth | September 25, 2008 10:19 AM


Oh poor baby Letterman didn't get his way?

The big bad meanie McCain had real work to do and Letterman pouts and screams.

Typical democrat.

Posted by: reason | September 25, 2008 10:17 AM

THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN DEEP DODO
The man Obama picked for his experience and wisdom said this:
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.'"

-- Sen. Joe Biden, in an interview with CBS News.

Of course, as Reason points out, Roosevelt wasn't president in 1929 and televisions were still experimental.
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Yes could you imagine if Palin or McCain said this? The news media and the WP parrots couldn't contain themselves...their feathers would be flying and want McCain sent to an institution immediately and Palin back in beauty contests.
Yes Democrats and WP parrots, so sorry your STUCK WITH TWEEDLEDEE AND TWEEDLEDUM.
The only choice you have have is which one is TWEEDLEDEE and which one is TWEEDLEDUM
Yes, you can start debating that now

Posted by: Mike | September 25, 2008 10:11 AM

There's actually people that care what the dufus Letterman thinks?
It must be the same people who buy houses they can't afford or have 18% interest rate credit cards.

Posted by: mike | September 25, 2008 10:06 AM

Don't cry about gas nor our Auto industry. Do not forget that GM leased a excellent car years ago and crushed them all at the owners disbelief. It caused a illegal war, It's oil, oil, oil, money most politicians made bigs bucks from. Don't even suggest the technology is not available. Please look back twenty years. You went to the moon did you not??

Posted by: justada55+ | September 25, 2008 10:01 AM

McCain is a joke. When things get tough he puts things on hold. This is the shape of things to come if he gets elected. Face-it McCain you are too old and your thinking process and policies are outdated. You represent the stupidity of the American people, I guess that is why you made it this far on the campaign.

-Mr. Independent

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:00 AM

I also didn't miss Katie Couric using the oldest sleaze-journalist trick in the book, putting words in the mouth of your interviewee. On the promo's and lead-in Katie kept saying "Sarah Palin says we could be headed for another Great Depression".

Then you wach the interview. "Great Depression" was not said by Sarah, it was said by Katie Couric, who pressed Palin on whether this could become another "Great Depression".

Sarah merely finally nodded that sure, it could 'head down that road if we don't act soon."

BAM! There's your lead-in Katie....now you can say Sarah Palin said we are facing the "Great Depression"....even though you are the one who said it.

Katie Couric is such a joke. She's the type who gives real journalists a bad name and brings the accusations of bias against her entire profession. I would love to see her ask questions like that to Obama....I mean, if she could stop starting dreamily into the Messiah's eyes long enough to ask a tough question.

Posted by: dbw | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM

McCain wants to be in washington for one reason only, and that is he fear that
sen.Ted Stevens will spill his guts
and tell the nation,he got all them bribes
and gifts,from the oil lobbyist,along with
mccain.1st dud/paplin/coleman/cheney/
because the are stripping Alaska!and have
been for the last seven years,we been
looking at the great distraction in the middle east,when we should have been looking in our own backyard,songbird
just have that body language that tell
all. his handler are so disapointed with
him now that he has to make sure that stevens told snitch on this criminal
operation,that why sarah must continue
to spread the drill,drill,and more drilling
because Alaska is Oz. of our country,
and first dude wants alaska to seceed
from are union! if I was cindy Mccain I
would worry about the safey of her husband
these are ruthless people,they force
bimbo on mccain. and that fat crook
rush limbaugh is part of the great deception, 400 million $$. big oil just love your nasty cigar licking boy loving Azz! stand up msm for america, don't
let them get away with this please investigate. Bush will not sent his atty.gen. to lok into these charges,
please Mr. French and the Alaska demo.
don't this con men scare you,you have got them sweating profusely gOOD lUCK AMERICA

Posted by: BULLWINKE J. MOOSE | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM

"If you caught the Katie Couric interview with Sarah Palin..."

I did catch CBS news last night, and I noticed that within the first 5 minutes of being on air Katie Couric or a voice-over stressed that Obama made the first call to McCain yesterday morning.

And by "stressed", I mean Katie said it three times....in the first 5 minutes. Like an 8 year old jumping up and down screaming "it was my idea!", "it was MY IDEA!".

Noooooooo, Katie isn't biased.

Posted by: dbw | September 25, 2008 9:53 AM

And may I add as a Canadian, we have every right to speak.
Your insurance and bank melt downs will be paid by us to, always has, always will.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 25, 2008 9:52 AM

It's obvious all American politicians have not been watching. And Johnny Boy cancelled a debate. What good can he do now that he could not have done in eight years?? You must not trust the people in charge much.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 25, 2008 9:49 AM

No anti-American feeling whatsoever!!!
On the contrary, dear Sammy C, I just love the US, and that is why I want John McCain to be the next president.


Posted by: Antje | September 25, 2008 8:12 AM

Why didn't McCain simply suspend his and Palin's lying and untrue ads - that could be done without upsetting the campaign. What McCain is trying to do is un-American. He's trying to stir things up to win a election - he's stopping a campaign because he's losing - he's trying to cancel a VP debate because he picked someone who is not able to debate (or be VP). I feel sorry for all Republicans - something needs to be done in Washington and sending McCain there isn't it.

I hope Americans see through this stunt and that the good people of AZ don't return him to the Senate next time either!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:47 AM

MA:

Since your candidate has never accomplished anything and refuses to do anything except campaign, I know it must be very confusing when a real Senator like McCain chooses to do his job.

Let's see....in the face of financial crisis McCain cancels a comedy appearance and instead does a serious interview with that unabashed liberal Katie Couric. And that's a bad thing to you guys because....?????

By the way, voters didn't miss the fact that after weeks of hearing from Obama about how he has all the answers to fix everything, when a real crisis arose this week his best response was "well guys, if I can be any help give me a call."

I can just see Reid and Pelosi back in D.C. shaking their heads and saying to each other "no thanks, Barack. You haven't done anything yet since you became Senator, so no need to even pretend now. Just keep campaigning; your ineffective at everything else."

Posted by: dbw | September 25, 2008 9:44 AM

McCain is afraid of the ghost of William Faulkner that is housed on the Ole Miss campus. He would be fine if Sarah or Cindy would go on stage during the debate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:44 AM

Why is McCain talking about curing milaria right now on CNN, when millions of children died in one sweep of a unneccacary war. Food and hunger, health care. Look in your own Country. My oh my, what have your leaders done for you, and how did you the people let this happen. May your God Bless you. From Canada, and may I note, if I cut off five fingers accidently, all will be paid for and not priced per finger. Good luck. Your broke.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 25, 2008 9:42 AM

Well now there is just one major party candidate running for President. Bob Barr should just show up Friday.


Here is the math.

At http://www.boppoll.com, 1 person can bop at a rate of about 60 bops per minute. 1000 people can do 60,000 bops per minute. 100,000 can add 6,000,000 bops per minute.

Palin, what a show!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:29 AM

ALERT - THEY HOPE WE'RE TOO DISTRACTED TO NOTICE!!

If the Senate fails to reauthorize E-Verify THIS WEEK before the session ends, the entire program will expire in November!

E-Verify has been touted by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security as "...one of the nations best and most effective tools for ensuring a legal workforce." And according to the General Accountability Office, "E-Verify is 99.5% effect."

Senator Menendez (D-NJ) has placed a hold on the E-Verify bill and is trying to hijack it by insisting on an increase of over half a million visas for foreign workers next year.

"The E-Verify Program MUST be authorized before it expires in November if U.S. Citizens are to believe our Congress is serious at all about restoring the rule of law," per Senator Sessions.

E-Verify is one of the governments most successful programs targeting workplace enforcement of our immigration laws and is now in danger of being eliminated.

The federal government has breeched its Constitutionally required duty under Article IV, Section IV to protect citizens and states from foreign invasion, instead choosing to play politics with the law and mislabeling the invasion (of an estimated 12-20 million armed and unarmed Mexican citizens and another 4-8 million non-Mexicans) as merely unfortunate--ignoring the $300+ billion yearly impact on local and state governments and landslide of negative impacts on Americans.

The leaders of this Democratic Congress are hoping U.S. Citizens won't be paying much attention as they try to betray us yet again regarding enforcement of our immigration laws and using programs that work against illegal workers. They are hoping We are too busy with the Presidential election and the meltdown of our economy, which illegal immigration has contributed greatly to, as our lawmakers still continue to pander to corporate america.

Dash Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reids hopes that Senator Robert Menendezs' attempts to block E-Verify will work! Menendez is putting his personal views ahead of our national interests.

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS NOW - TELL THEM TO AUTHORIZE E-VERIFY!

Posted by: calumonit | September 25, 2008 9:05 AM

What's McPalin's next magic trick ?

Postpone the election ?

Posted by: MA | September 25, 2008 9:05 AM

So, McSurge claims he's suspending his campaign, cancels on Dave, but then does an interview on the same evening with a national news anchor.

Lets see, that would make McBush....what's the word I'm looking for...oh yea, a LIAR

Posted by: MA | September 25, 2008 8:58 AM

So, McSurge claims he's suspending his campaign, cancels on Dave, but then does an interview on the same evening with a national news anchor.

Lets see, that would make McBush....what's the word I'm looking for...oh yea, a LIAR !

Posted by: MA | September 25, 2008 8:57 AM

I watched the Letterman monologue last night because, like many people, I thought McCain was going to be on the show. I turned it off after his intro. It was not a total loss because I learned, again, that Letterman is still a fool and a hack--think Tina Fey but without the spot on humor, without the librarian sex appeal, and without any of the intelligence.

Posted by: Larry | September 25, 2008 8:23 AM

You should have kept watching my wife who dislikes Letterman says he was the funniest she had ever seen him.

You could have seen McCain putting on makeup for the CBS News appearance.

Posted by: holdon | September 25, 2008 8:31 AM

Your love is like Glenn Close's in "Fatal Attraction." You are confused like John McCain. He thought he could appear with Sarah Palin and when he couldn't he was overcome with severe stage fright.

Posted by: Sammy C | September 25, 2008 8:27 AM

I watched the Letterman monologue last night because, like many people, I thought McCain was going to be on the show. I turned it off after his intro. It was not a total loss because I learned, again, that Letterman is still a fool and a hack--think Tina Fey but without the spot on humor, without the librarian sex appeal, and without any of the intelligence.

Posted by: Larry | September 25, 2008 8:23 AM

If you caught the Katie Couric interview with Joe Biden and you still think Joe Biden is qualified for the job of Commander in Chief, you need to have your collective heads examined. I don't care if Joe is smart, only thinks he's smart, or is one can shy of being a full blown retard, I do care if he/she can add one plus one and come up with two and Joe Biden obviously cannot. FDR was president during the stock market crash of 1929? Then he went on television (which, duh, wasn't even invented yet)? Joe Biden makes Dan Quayle look like Einstein.

Posted by: Not PJ | September 25, 2008 8:14 AM

No anti-American feeling whatsoever!!!
On the contrary, dear Sammy C, I just love the US, and that is why I want John McCain to be the next president.

Posted by: Antje | September 25, 2008 8:12 AM

Television appearances are like wives, you change them whenever you need too, as long as it is a step up.

Honor, duty, self-interest over nation.

I'm John McCain, and I'll approve this message when the campaign restarts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 8:00 AM

"I hope McCain will be the next president of the great US.
Love from Berlin, Germany"
Posted by: Antje | September 25, 2008 4:51 AM

Anti-American feelings are running high in Germany again

Posted by: Sammy C | September 25, 2008 7:51 AM

McCain cancels Letterman so he can go on Couric.

The one thing I am sure is that McCain did not cancel the debates because of the economic crisis.

It would be important to keep McCain out of the presidency. He is already lying to the American people and he is not even president.

Posted by: holdon | September 25, 2008 7:35 AM

If you caught the Katie Couric interview with Sarah Palin and you still think Sarah Palin is qualified for the job of Commander in Chief, you need to have your collective heads examined. I don't care if Palin is Male, Female, Black,White,Young or Old, I do care if he/she can add one plus one and come up with two. Sarah Palin makes Dan Quayle look like a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Posted by: pj4 | September 25, 2008 7:28 AM

If you caught the Katie Couric interview with Sarah Palin and you still think Sarah Palin is qualified for the job of Commander in Chief, you need to have your collective heads examined. I don't care if Palin is Male, Female, Black,White,Young or Old, I do care if he/she can add one plus one and come up with two. Sarah Palin makes Dan Quayle look like a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Posted by: pj4 | September 25, 2008 7:28 AM

Poor David Letterman. Were his feelings hurt? As if the fate of this nation falls upon whether a presidential candidate makes his show. Do these entertainers really think they are that important?

Posted by: Unbelievable | September 25, 2008 6:44 AM

McCain is not ready to lead. Has the country been walking on sunshine for the last 2 years while McCain was on the road campaigning? He may want to talk to any of the former presidents so that they can tell him that you will usually have to handle multiple crises at the same time. Prime example - we have 2 wars going on!

His leadership style is becoming readily apparent - pull a crazy stunt whenever the headlines are not in his favor.

Posted by: Tina | September 25, 2008 5:21 AM

I hope McCain will be the next president of the great US.
Love from Berlin, Germany

Posted by: Antje | September 25, 2008 4:51 AM

Letterman is a sad-elite-little man. I stopped watching him. He is NOT funny anymore.

Glenn Beck, "ARGUMENTS WITH IDIOTS, IDIOTS!

I LOL, libs are SO funny!

Financially...

McCain-Palin = A SOLID America

Barry-OBiden = Socialism and crooks.

I pay my bills.

Posted by: RESPONSIBLE WOMAN REPUBLICAN | September 25, 2008 4:09 AM

I am so dissapointed with americans...we do not represenst democracy anymore! Well we are actually a republic, but of course people will argue that point too. Look, liberty, is the only thing we should strive for, my liberty ends where yours begins, period! If you are gay, a religeous zelot, an arian racist, or a black racist for that matter, it is your right to believe what you want! As americans we have to give each other the lattitude to believe what we want, as long as it does not interfere with our, or your liberty!

Posted by: p | September 25, 2008 4:06 AM

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
What "Suspending My Campaign" Actually Means

From the Chicago Tribune:

John McCain's sudden "suspension'' of his campaign and his call for a postponement of the premier campaign debate Friday night has sparked a round of criticism from people asking why the presidential candidate cannot manage a financial crisis and a debate at the same time.

"Among them: "Late Night's'' David Letterman, who told his own audience in taping at CBS today that he was hoping to see the Republican nominee for president but McCain called him to say that he had to rush back to Washington to deal with the nation's financial crisis. Then, as Letterman told it, he got word that in fact McCain was down the hall sitting for an interview with his colleague at CBS, Evening News anchor Katie Couric, which aired this evening."

And the Top 10 most cynical methods for avoiding a drop in the polls tonight are...

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/what-suspending-my-campaign-actually.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 4:05 AM

you people are a joke...CNN, MSLSD...and the public broadcast network...of course it said broad...it must mean they are for palin. I have seen more hate, and more peolple who claim to be conservative dems...you are a joke! and you reps...I love glenn beck...shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I support Mcain, because...one he is a patriot, and two been around alot longer than Sen. Obama, wow look at who is and has been around him? He Says, wow I did not know aryes was a racist...or the reverend, or my wife...or that president clinton, signed a bill that allowed cheap mortgages to be sold to security companies, as a package, not explaining what property, who owned them...I love bill clinton...but folks this is an american problem...not a republican one...so shut the F@nk up!

Posted by: p | September 25, 2008 3:53 AM

Millions all over the world are awaiting on friday for the debates on Obama and McCain. Please do not cancel.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:44 AM

Aww. If someone disagrees with you then they're being unfair and 'intolerant' of your bs. Sorry to offend your delicate nature -- you're just as much a shrinking violet as Palin who can't be exposed to anyone who will disagree with her.

So much so that now the gop want to cancel the vp debates.

Maccain and Palin are quivering jellyfish who can't handle the rough waters of a bathtub, let alone the toilet they're about to be flished down.

Posted by: jjchicago
_______________________________________

You said I was a bigot for no reason. I said the liberals here are the ones that are being bigots, and now you're denying it, but you know what I'm talking about. The need to demonize McCain is a bad reflection upon our society, and mostly upon the left. It shows that you fear McCain.

You are ALL acting like your "leader". All talk, without saying anything. How about some substance. Why can't your "leader" make a decision at this moment of crisis? Why won't he lead? Why can't he lead? Why did he duck McCains repeated calls for town hall style debates, but now wants to do a foreign policy debate in a time of economic crisis, shirking his duties as a senator?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:31 AM

EVEN Kruathiemer on FOX wasn't buying McCain's rush back to DC to save the Economy stunt. If you can't sell this stuff on FOX...it's OVER.

Posted by: mark | September 25, 2008 3:26 AM

Letterman isn't someone you disrespect lightly, he'll shread McCain the rest of the election....nightly.
Letterman can hold a GRUDGE, with both hands.
McCain made his whole rush back to DC stunt, a deadly joke.
It won't just be Letterman all other shows will discuss Letterman and McCain for days, and it'll overshadow any gain McCain thought he'd gain with his Wall St Savior act.

Posted by: mark | September 25, 2008 3:21 AM

McCain: "I need a vacation NOW!"


wimp!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:17 AM

McCain = Bush stooge
Obama = President

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:15 AM

Posted by: Used to be a Democrat | September 25, 2008 2:57 AM
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Aww. If someone disagrees with you then they're being unfair and 'intolerant' of your bs. Sorry to offend your delicate nature -- you're just as much a shrinking violet as Palin who can't be exposed to anyone who will disagree with her.

So much so that now the gop want to cancel the vp debates.

Maccain and Palin are quivering jellyfish who can't handle the rough waters of a bathtub, let alone the toilet they're about to be flished down.

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 3:04 AM

No one has asked Sarah Palin yet if she is going to follow in Dick Cheney's footsetps regarding insisting that the Vice Presidents office is not part of the executive branch and therefore She doesnt have to follow any rules except her own beliefs. I am sure the conservative branch of the supreme court will back her up as they are looking to push for the unitary exectutive because its king like and that harkens back to the biblical kings and how Jesus will rule the earth one day.

Posted by: Mitch Eisenstein | September 25, 2008 3:03 AM

The truth is that the McCain campaign got wind of Letterman's plan on showing this clip from the show aired Oct 18, 2001, in which McCain is falsely accusing Iraq of spreading Anthrax powder in the United States. The Anthrax came from the Baltimore Army Lab.

Watch him and see how much he loves war- and disrespects other cultures. He tries to be funny- but he is just a sad old man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlAUj4s6sT0&feature=related


If this doesn't scare you nothing will. He is unfit to be President.

Posted by: Phillip | September 25, 2008 3:01 AM

TheGOPisFullOfLiars, you're an articulate guy, and you make great points. Maybe barak should hire you.

jjchicago, you make no sense. As if Democrats can not be bigots? Oh, I forgot that barak was going to lose because of "racism". But wait a second, isn't it the liberals on here that are being intolerant of any opinions differing from their own? YEP! lol

By the way, why can't your "leader" take action and make some hard decisions like McCain? I bet you wish he would!

Posted by: Used to be a Democrat | September 25, 2008 2:57 AM

There is no $845 billion "anti poverty" bill.

This is the bill that was introduced. No funds are committed.

Obama, Hagel, Cantwell Introduce Bill To Combat Global Poverty


Legislation would aim to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced the Global Poverty Act (S.2433), which requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive policy to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015 through aid, trade, debt relief, and coordination with the international community, businesses and NGOs. Representatives Adam Smith (D-WA) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL) sponsored the House version of the bill (H.R. 1302), which passed the House in September.

“Eliminating global poverty remains one of the greatest challenges we face, with billions of people around the world forced to live on just dollars a day,” said Senator Obama. “We can – and must – make it a priority of our foreign policy to commit to eliminating extreme poverty and ensuring every child has food, shelter, and clean drinking water. As we strive to rebuild America’s standing in the world, this legislation will not only commit to reducing global poverty, but will also demonstrate our promise and support to those in the developing world. Our commitment to the global economy has to extend beyond trade agreements that are more about increasing corporate profits than about helping workers and small farmers everywhere.”

“Poverty, hunger, and disease will be among the most serious challenges confronting the world in the 21st century,” Senator Hagel said. “This legislation provides the President of the United States the framework and resources to help implement a comprehensive policy to reduce global poverty. It is the human condition that has always driven the great events of history. This is a responsibility of all citizens of the world.”

“America needs to do more to help the 1.1 billion men, women and children throughout the world living on less than $1 a day by helping promote sustainable economic growth and development,” said Senator Cantwell. “We need to do more to save lives in the poorest countries. The U.S. needs to implement a real plan to combat poverty on a global scale while also addressing the national security risks extreme poverty creates.”

“Arguably no greater problem faces the world than global poverty. Nearly 2.7 billion people live on less than $2 a day and close to a billion people live on less than $1 a day. We have a moral obligation to craft an overall U.S. strategy to decrease global poverty and eliminate extreme global poverty. After introducing this measure in the House for the past several years, I was pleased to see it pass this year with overwhelming bipartisan support. This bill’s Senate introduction is a significant step toward it becoming law,” Representative Adam Smith said.

For years, America has committed to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. In 2000, the U.S. joined more than 180 countries at the United Nations Millennium Summit and vowed to reduce global poverty by 2015. We are halfway towards this deadline, and it is time the United States makes it a priority of our foreign policy to meet this goal and help those who are struggling day to day.

The Global Poverty Act:

Declares it official U.S. policy to promote the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme global poverty in half by 2015.
Requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to carry out that policy.
Includes guidelines for what the strategy should include - from aid, trade, and debt relief, to working with the international community, businesses and NGOs, to ensuring environmental sustainability.
Requires that the President’s strategy include specific and measurable goals, efforts to be undertaken, benchmarks, and timetables.
Requires the President to report back to Congress on progress made in the implementation of the global poverty strategy.
This legislation is supported by a broad range of groups, including Bread for the World, CARE, Oxfam America, Habitat for Humanity International, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Borgen Project, United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, RESULTS, and Micah Challenge USA.


Posted by: Hillary | September 25, 2008 2:57 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:44 AM

McCain's best hope?
Diebold voting machines

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Now known as "Premier Election Solutions" AKA "GOP Vote Generator"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:56 AM

To mess:

Nope, McCain is still in NYC....what a hero! =(

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:47 AM

Posted by: Used to be a Democrat | September 25, 2008 2:38 AM
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I don't have to accuse you of anything -- your thinly veiled bigotry shines through for all to see, despite your claims of 'democrat' pedigree.

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 2:45 AM

Does McCain know how to tell the truth anymore!? Sheesh, this guy is wacko! (but not as crazy as Mrs Palin!)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:45 AM

McCain's best hope?
Diebold voting machines

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:44 AM

To "Used to be a Democrat"

LOL, nice try liar! Maybe you should change your name to "Now An Idiot!"

Posted by: TheGOPisFullOfLiars | September 25, 2008 2:43 AM

McCain does not want this money crisis to be helped out because it might mean less money for his "Global Anti Peace Act."
He wants 945 billion dollars at least every day for his friends in the rich countries. He says the next president should make a goal to end peace in poor African countries by 2015.
The whole world knows all the money and other help sent into these countries ends up in the pockets of rich people that have made themselves richer off of it and the poor are still dying of disease and starvation.
This info was on the internet, but was zapped so fast it was amazing!!!

Posted by: r | September 25, 2008 2:40 AM

John McCain is the Manchurian Candidate.

He was shot down over Hanoi by a Russian SAM III missile, and the KGB sat in on many of his interrogations.

That is why he will not allow his military records to be released.

He harbors guilt, frustration and anger that boil over at times and make him totally unfit to be near a nuclear trigger. He is unstable and getting more senile everyday.

Steve Schmidt has gone over to the same smear tactics and out right lies that he and Karl Rove used against the "maverick" in the 2000 primary.

The fact that McCain hired the whole gang of them proves that he has lost any integrity that he ever had.

Posted by: Phillip | September 25, 2008 2:39 AM

Project much? Freaking out? Nah, we, along with the rest of humanity, are laughing our a$$e$ off at mayor mccheese, the moosehunter and you dimwitted gop hacks...

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Humanity? lol. I bet you and barak WISH that "humanity" could vote, but sorry it's just us Americans, no loving Germans or kenyans are allowed to vote in our elections yet! But really, you guys are upset, nervous, and basically going ape. The reason for this is that you love your "leader", but you know that it's wrong that he wants to do nothing and has no ideas, while McCain is actually showing that he's a true leader and a man of action.

Well, it's liberal "enthusiasts" like yourself that have caused me to support a Republican for President for the first time, even maxed out on donating! The Dems picked a guy that can just not compare to McCain, and we see it every day.

BTW, I have hunted moose, and I used to be a Dem, so if you think that is an insult, think again. We all know that you minds are incapable of handling diversity of opinion and accepting the viewpoints of others. You barak "enthusiasts" will lump me in with "rednecks" even though I went to Exeter and Harvard and grew up in a New England Democrat family. Oh well!

Posted by: Used to be a Democrat | September 25, 2008 2:38 AM

All the people who said john mccain is doing the right thing by suspending his campaign to "save" the country, you failed to explain why instead of riding in to be the white knight (because we all know john has such a great understanding of the economy and he alone is going to come up with the solution), he interviewed with katie couric instead? hm...

Posted by: 396 | September 25, 2008 2:36 AM

I might be wrong but isn't dave a favorite son of indiana.
I wonder if this will affect the race there.

Posted by: indiana | September 25, 2008 2:36 AM

The McCain Lie Counter will be going up again today!

http://www.mccainpedia.org/index.php/Count_the_Lies

Posted by: MLC | September 25, 2008 2:36 AM

I guess all the other gop hacks have suspended their hackery and only the truly insane ones are still posting...?

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 2:35 AM

Obama does not want this money crisis to be helped out because it might mean less money for his "Global Anti Poverty Act."
He wants 845 billion dollars at least every year for his friends in the poor countries. He says the next president should make a goal to end poverty in poor African countries by 2015.
The whole world knows all the money and other help sent into these countries ends up in the pockets of people that have made themselves rich off of it and the poor are still dying of disease and starvation.
This info was on the internet, but was zapped so fast it was amazing.

Posted by: r | September 25, 2008 2:33 AM

adriangj8 and others saying that Dave is just pi****d as he cancelled the appearance - yes you are right but...

..it was the way McCain did it that speaks volumes about his character

He basically lied to letterman, did it last minute, went on another show instead and didn't make his way to washington until much later. - I'm assuming he is there now.

All he needed to do was give a 5 minute remote interview, say he was going to washington to save the economy and its not an appropriate time for him to be on light hearted show so raincheck please.

No story and looks ok...instead of being caught in a lie and pi****ng off someone who has a nightly tv show from which to throw barbs at you every night..

not smart.

Posted by: mess | September 25, 2008 2:29 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:21 AM
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Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 2:22 AM

The truth is that the McCain got wind of Letterman's plan on showing this clip from the show aired Oct 18, 2001, in which McCain is falsely accusing Iraq of spreading Anthrax powder in the United States. The Anthrax came from the Baltimore Army Lab.

Watch him and see how much he loves war- and disrespects other cultures. He tries to be funny- but he is just a sad old man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlAUj4s6sT0&feature=related


If this doesn't scare you nothing will. He is unfit to be President.

He needs a lobotomy.

Posted by: Phillip | September 25, 2008 2:21 AM

Posted by: Used to be a Democrat | September 25, 2008 2:18 AM

I feel bad for you guys. Maybe you need a refill on your Xanax? Better order a lot so your heads don't explode
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Project much? Freaking out? Nah, we, along with the rest of humanity, are laughing our a$$e$ off at mayor mccheese, the moosehunter and you dimwitted gop hacks...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:21 AM

Sorry, Ross, you've been disqualified for invoking Hitler.

Posted by: Godwin | September 25, 2008 2:20 AM

Posted by: Ross | September 25, 2008 2:15 AM

Obama and his supporters act like anyone older than Obama is useless and should be euthanized, like Hitler did the Jews.
I think you had better watch out if he gets elected. You are in for a suprise.
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Sweet jesus the crazy is strong in this one...

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 2:18 AM

Surprise final act:

who will Bush pardon?

Any guesses?

How about the creep who shot John Lennon?

Posted by: god hater | September 25, 2008 2:18 AM

Why are you liberals all freaking out? Online, on TV, even real reporters are losing it because they are afraid that John McCain is being a man of action, and making their boy look like he is out of his depth and clueless.

I have never seen liberals so insane, so I know that McCain must be making the right moves to win this election. Even when I attended Exeter, and was surrounded by liberal extremists, none of them ever freaked out like I am seeing now. I feel bad for you guys. Maybe you need a refill on your Xanax? Better order a lot so your heads don't explode when you're soluting President McCain! lol

Posted by: Used to be a Democrat | September 25, 2008 2:18 AM

No link really ?

Ok try this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjkCrfylq-E

Posted by: letterman | September 25, 2008 2:17 AM

Optics bad for McCain. Polls drop - he suspends campaign. Letterman right about sending in second string but campaign appears not to trust Palin alone.

Obama does have to say more than change / hope / main street /old politics. See 1957 movie "A Face in the Crowd." Political operative uses exact same words.

Change is a shell came where voters end up with more of the same. McCain however also has to show that he's truly a reformer and not simply another political shell game too.

Posted by: Max | September 25, 2008 2:16 AM

You people make me sick. You are just full of "BS"
We all know Obama does not have time to do the job that the American people pay him to do. He has been too busy since day one pushing his own agenda.
McCain may well make mistakes but at least he tries.
And this "old" mess is something you need to get over. Each and everyone of us will get old if The Good Lord blesses us. There is no sin in being over fifty.
Obama and his supporters act like anyone older than Obama is useless and should be euthanized, like Hitler did the Jews.
I think you had better watch out if he gets elected. You are in for a suprise.

Posted by: Ross | September 25, 2008 2:15 AM

Question: what is McCain's biggest asset?

Answer: Diebold voting machines!

Hail the great american scam....

Posted by: frank in carbondale | September 25, 2008 2:14 AM

Alzeimers stikes again.

The old curmudgeon simply forgot that he had already been booked by Katie Couric. When Steve Schmidt reminded him, he just acted naturally when calling David Letterman- he lied.

Posted by: Cindy | September 25, 2008 2:12 AM

Posted by: SadSadSad | September 25, 2008 2:08 AM
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Awww -- no fair. You know it's not fair to use, you know, *facts* when criticizing a republican.

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 2:11 AM

So here are the facts: McCain figure that the presidential/diplomatic move was to lie his way out of the Letterman show. McCain showed his sense of planning by going 3 blocks away and going live on the CBS News, thinking that none at CBS LateNight would noticed. And he puts his campaign "on hold" because the economy is not going too good, showing that he can't handle more then one situation at the time. The only thing missing now is the VP debate geting cancelled and there goes the fearless leader/hero image. Nobody roots for someone who looks afraid and runs from a fight.

Posted by: SadSadSad | September 25, 2008 2:08 AM

Shane the non sequiter spewing sockpuppet cuts and pastes to work up enough mcposting mcpoints to get that shiny new mooseburger mctoaster oven...

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 2:07 AM

Amidst all the hype, do not forget "the warm progress under the stars"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:06 AM

"McCain's just putting off the inevitable. I'm looking forward to Obama whipping his stupid corrupt republican ass in debate."

I thought it was Obama who turned down the 10 townhall debates with McCain. Friday night there will not be a telepromter for Obama to read. The only thing similar to a debate was the Saddleback forum and McCain kicked his ass. Take the teleprompter away and Obama stammers, fumbles, stutters and stumbles to come up with an answer. Voters will wonder why the great speaker cannot answer a question. Please count out McCain because he comes back and wins everytime. I love that all the Obama supporters can do is bash McCain. Its never Pro Obama its always anti McCain. Youre scared to death and thats why you waste so much time on these forums. If Obama was going to cake walk to the WHite House you wouldnt waste so much time bashing him. 18% of voters are undecided and you know on the closer it gets to election day those undecided will vote the known (McCain) over unknown Obama. I cant wait for one of the biggest upsets in Presidential History. I can hear all the excuses now. How we are racists and how it was rigged. LOL You only have excuses every time.

Posted by: Shane | September 25, 2008 2:03 AM

shorter john mccain: waaaaaaaaahhhh!!! I want nappy nap.

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 2:03 AM

Change" "Hope" "Change" "Hope" "yes we can" "yes we can" ...

yeah man, I totally agree those are just not cool words. I mean what are other people gonna think if I have hope and all that stuff. They dont sound tough at all. I mean we are american come on.. PATRIOT!
Ford tough!... USA!.... Zillions in debt... opps... Tough!

Posted by: erik | September 25, 2008 2:00 AM

Non-existant Deity says John McCain is chosen one!

Keep up the drama and appear dumber than average Joe.

Wear Israel on sleeve.

Smart negro dwarfs hick intellect.

Cute dork Guv placates Hillary disaffected: as long as woman we obey.

McBush weasles out of debates.

Lets cancel VP debates, ahem, in the name of national economy security of course.

You the American worker the best in the world, wanna buy a bridge to nowhere?

He will raise your taxes, I will cut taxes to corporation and wealthy. We are YOU!

Non existant deity reassures dummies.
Non existant deity reassures dummies.
Non existant deity reassures dummies.
Non existant deity reassures dummies.
Non existant deity reassures dummies.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:59 AM

If mayor mccheese and the moosehunter are too afraid to debate and/or can't talk and chew gum at the same time, why the hell don't they just pack it in and give it up for good.

Oh, wait. They just did.

Nice.

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 1:59 AM

If you are a McCain/Palin Supporter....

If you folks are not seriously considering jumping ship , and having feelings of embarrassment ( you should be ). Your McCain/Palin ticket is quickly becoming the laughing stock in American politics. McCain wanting to suspend the first debate is nothing more then saying he is not ready and Palin is not ready for prime time.

Listen there really isn't a soft way to put this; Palin on the Katy Couric interview just verified the fact that she takes stupid to a whole new level. This ticket is just way to Risky and not ready to lead ( Period ).

Posted by: James | September 25, 2008 1:57 AM

What's McCain gonna do in DC -- call in his old pal chuckie keatine...??

Priceless.

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 1:57 AM

If you are a McCain/Palin Supporter...

If you folks are not seriously considering jumping ship , and having feelings of embarrassment ( you should be ). Your McCain/Palin ticket is quickly becoming the laughing stock in American politics. McCain wanting to suspend the first debate is nothing more then saying he is not ready and Palin is not ready for prime time.

Listen there really isn't a soft way to put this; Palin on the Katy Couric interview just verified the fact that she takes stupid to a whole new level. This ticket is just way to Risky and not ready to lead ( Period ).

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:56 AM

"Hey America! Let's be mentally disobedient. Let's consciously choose ..."

Sorry, request rejected. You MUST continue drinking the Kool-Aid. Repeat after me: "Change" "Hope" "Change" "Hope" "yes we can" "yes we can" There, doesn't that FEEL better?

Seriously, the alst thing you consciously choose was ....... well, forget it - just keep drinking the Kool-Aid

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:54 AM

If anyone thinks john McCain is about to solve anything other than maybe his next sunscreen rash your out of your minds...
one more time I here there is going to be sun today....

Posted by: Erik | September 25, 2008 1:53 AM

John has revealed himself clearly :-

A dangerous old man - no longer fit to be a senator.

Posted by: rhda | September 25, 2008 1:52 AM

House burn down, not SMART, When Burning, McCain Win.. Burn Baby, barack burns while playing cards , fullhouse... I'm an @$$ho!e.
Wheres my teeth?
.... southern democrat

Posted by: thanks | September 25, 2008 1:50 AM

McCain cancels his apperance. Letterman bashes him and then replaces him with Keith Overbite. I love Letterman but everyone knows he supports Obama. It would be enough View interview. Kudos for McCain turning down the airtime to fix this mess we are in.

Posted by: John K | September 25, 2008 1:49 AM

Johnnie Mac's Dukakis moment: being powdered by his $5,000 dollar make-up woman while Letterman's yelling "Can I give you a ride to the airport?" and "You don't suspend your campaign---you send in your second string quarterback--where's Sarah? Why isn't she stepping in?"

Posted by: MrsPolly | September 25, 2008 1:48 AM

The house is on fire, and McCain decided to stop playing cards and get the fire hose, meanwhile barak thinks he has a good hand, so he keeps playing while the house burns down. WHO IS SMARTER???

Posted by: Southern Democrat | September 25, 2008 1:44 AM

yeah, jjchicago, well what will Obama bring to bear? He has his financial advisor, Resko, and that wacked out spiratial advisor to fall back on - thank goodness Obama has so much experience!! I feel so much safer.

'Course he also has the FISA warrentless wire tapping he did his 'pivot' on and voted for to help too.

Guy is truely impressive - he should stick to television - do American Idol or something. He'd be a knockout.

No wonder you guys sing the blues in Chicago!!

Posted by: Keith - San Francisco | September 25, 2008 1:44 AM

Keith,
You are about as funny as my hemroids, and probably as dumb as it gets. You dont seem to understand reason and thats ok.. go watch WWF or your cage fighting GRRRRRR.. and leave the thinking to others... I just saw tommy's new exhaust on his honda civic!
its so loud and I cant even hear anymore... now go chase tommy's car keith, I bet you cant catch him... what are you a pu$$y? do it whimp... republicans are tough buddy

Posted by: erik | September 25, 2008 1:44 AM

Hey America! Let's be mentally disobedient. Let's consciously choose to not believe Right-wing lies anymore.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | September 25, 2008 1:42 AM

afraid????

Ha. This is great. I, and I'm sure many others, hope he keeps flailing like a wounded albatross. O sweet jesus, I hope he keeps this bs coming.

Posted by: republicrat | September 25, 2008 1:37 AM

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oops -- that was me. i meant to quote republicrat not post under its name...

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 1:41 AM

Is there more than one republican hack here, or is it the same guy writing all these moronic posts? I'm guessing just one. Is that you McCain?

Posted by: KAC | September 25, 2008 1:35 AM

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It very well might be the same gop hack working for those mcpoints the gop hands out to them for posting their bs. A few more hundred idiotic posts and the troll be have worked it's way up to a mooseburger mctoaster oven...

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 1:39 AM

It's sad to watch a man like McCain self destruct like this.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | September 25, 2008 1:39 AM

afraid????

Ha. This is great. I, and I'm sure many others, hope he keeps flailing like a wounded albatross. O sweet jesus, I hope he keeps this bs coming.

Posted by: republicrat | September 25, 2008 1:37 AM

"I Spent Years as a POW with John McCain, and His Finger Should Not Be Near the Red Button."

By Phillip Butler, Military.com. Posted August 21, 2008.

A fellow Vietnam POW of McCain's warns of the candidate's "quick and explosive temper"

"I furthermore believe that having been a POW is no special qualification for being President of the United States. The two jobs are not the same, and POW experience is not, in my opinion, something I would look for in a presidential candidate.

Most of us who survived that experience are now in our late 60's and 70's. Sadly, we have died and are dying off at a greater rate than our non-POW contemporaries. We experienced injuries and malnutrition that are coming home to roost. So I believe John's age (73) and survival expectation are not good for being elected to serve as our President for 4 or more years.

I can verify that John has an infamous reputation for being a hot head. He has a quick and explosive temper that many have experienced first hand. Folks, quite honestly that is not the finger I want next to that red button.

It is also disappointing to see him take on and support Bush's
war in Iraq, even stating we might be there for another 100 years. For me John represents the entrenched and bankrupt policies of Washington-as-usual. The past 7 years have proven to be disastrous for our country. And I believe John's views on war, foreign policy, economics, environment, health care, education, national infrastructure and other important areas are much the same as those of the Bush administration.

I'm disappointed to see John represent himself politically in ways that are not accurate. He is not a moderate Republican. On some issues he is a maverick. But his voting record is far to the right. I fear for his nominations to our Supreme Court, and the consequent continuing loss of individual freedoms, especially regarding moral and religious issues. John is not a religious person, but he has taken every opportunity to ally himself with some really obnoxious and crazy fundamentalist ministers lately. I was also disappointed to see him cozy up to Bush because I know he hates that man. He disingenuously and famously put his arm around the guy, even after Bush had intensely disrespected him with lies and slander. So on these and many other instances, I don't see that John is the "straight talk express" he markets himself to be.

Senator John Sidney McCain, III is a remarkable man who has made enormous personal achievements. And he is a man that I am proud to call a fellow POW who "Returned With Honor." That's our POW motto. But since many of you keep asking what I think of him, I've decided to write it out. In short, I think John Sidney McCain, III is a good man, but not someone I will vote for in the upcoming election to be our President of the United States."

Posted by: Lucas | September 25, 2008 1:36 AM

WE (not democrats but those that actually think) are only afraid of bumpkins because they are allowed to vote. They just dont know any better and we sort of understand, its just getting a little old. Stay home and watch "American Idol" and make fun of the silly people on it and eat your cheetos.. important part stay home... ok you can go to wal-mart, and whatever else is in your strip-mall of shame, misfortune and broken dreams

Posted by: erik | September 25, 2008 1:36 AM

Hey, Letterman, please, just replace McCain with Obama. He wouldn't have it in himself to give up the spotlight to deal with a true national emergency. He's like a moth heading for the bright lights. He'd never cancel. Perfect solution.

Please, have Obama on - let him show off his sense of humor (NOT!!) Please.

Posted by: Keith | September 25, 2008 1:35 AM

Is there more than one republican hack here, or is it the same guy writing all these moronic posts? I'm guessing just one. Is that you McCain?

Posted by: KAC | September 25, 2008 1:35 AM

keith,

Uh, newsflash: McCain isn't president and, thanks to his bizarre downward spiral into unprecedented wackiness, he never will be.

He's been awol on the financial stuff since he helped keating screw millions of pensioners out of their retirements a couple decades ago. And now he thinks people are gonna believe that nothing can get done unless he drags his sorry butt back to DC?

He is just engaging in a pathetically inept escape attempt from a campaign that is becoming more and more laughable by the minute.

No one but an ever shrinking minority of gop hacks are buying it.

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 1:34 AM

So strange when someones says "look at those Dems sweat"... ?
I would point out that everyone should be sweating with this McCain ticket anywhere near the white house.. Things get tight "Throw the Grenade!"... Kaaaplow another sensational headline that causes more confusion and solves nothing... That can not be our next president. That is what we sweat because you bumpkins that elected George Bush twice are trying to do it again! Stupid is as stupid does

Posted by: erik | September 25, 2008 1:32 AM

Why are you liberals so afraid that McCain has suspended his campaign? Maybe because your guy should have done it, but he's not a leader. Your guy's a phony poser and you wish he had the backbone to tell a loser like Letterman that he had better stuff to do in the middle of a crisis. I guess you liberals are freaking out because you know that normal Americans are going to put McCain in the White House.

Posted by: republicrat | September 25, 2008 1:31 AM

Borrowed from one cnholm:

– September 24, 1864: The nation is literally at risk of collapse, mengaged in a large-scale civil war: "Yet the campaign for the presidency was "now being prosecuted with the utmost vigor," as one could read in the New York Times."

– September 24, 1932: The nation is mired in Depression, coping with it a full time job, "Yet Herbert Hoover prepared to give a large speech in Iowa and Franklin Roosevelt had just given what became a famous address to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco."

– September 24, 1944: World War II well under way, with the United States engaged in fierce fighting, "Yet President Roosevelt had just officially launched his campaign for a fourth term, while Thomas Dewey took his turn speaking in San Francisco, challenging Roosevelt's supremacy."

- September 24, 1968: The Vietnam War raging, two major American political leaders had already been assassinated that year, student revolts around the world, and a sizable portion of the country in full backlash against the civil rights movement, Humphrey drew some of the biggest crowds of his campaign during appearances in Ohio.

Wow. So - Senator McCain can't spare a couple hours for debate - too multitask challenging.

One Trick Pony?

Posted by: T-Prop | September 25, 2008 1:30 AM

"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? ..."

Well, if things get tough, now that they ARE tough, the last place I want to see the president is on late night talk shows cracking jokes!!

Believe it or not David, being president is just a little different than appearing on your show. Even if the current president doesn't get the distinction. Get over yourself. You're job is comedian for bored people.

Posted by: Keith | September 25, 2008 1:28 AM

McCain's desperate move to "suspend" his campaign and try to get out of the debate on Friday will go down as one of the most moronic moves in political history.

GAME,SET,MATCH to Obama...

Posted by: KAC | September 25, 2008 1:26 AM

Oh man, Letterman just destroyed the McCain campaign. They are dead in the water now, floating towards the falls. Bye bye, losers!

Posted by: mrcyth | September 25, 2008 1:25 AM

Good god the gop hacks are pathetic. Do they really think they're convincing anyone with their bsistry?

Kinda entertainling -- and creepily instructive -- to witness just how willing they are to make utter fools of themselves though...

Posted by: jjchicago | September 25, 2008 1:25 AM

Economy schmonomy.

We need an administration that gives continued Good Stuff to the late night comics.

Palin/McCain fit the bill.

Posted by: T-Prop | September 25, 2008 1:23 AM

Yeh, forget about the $700 BILLION - lets crack some jokes and keep pauper Letterman up in the ratings.

Really sick. Does anyone wonder why the US is in this mess?

Posted by: Keith | September 25, 2008 1:20 AM

McCain's just putting off the inevitable. I'm looking forward to Obama whipping his stupid corrupt republican ass in debate.

Posted by: Phil | September 25, 2008 1:20 AM

The DEMs need to suspend our campaign! This is making us look ridiculous! How can barak act like politicing is more important than something he says is the worst US economic disaster ever? At least McCain has is right. Why waste time on a BS show like Letterman's when we are in a crisis?

Also, it is a Senator's job to figure these type of things out! A campaign doesn't matter in comparison to figuring out the economic problem. But barak is silent! And now he will lose because he is too timid to show leadership!

Posted by: Southern Democrat | September 25, 2008 1:20 AM

Many years ago I saw truly brave men who lost "it" years or even days later. This is normal and makes me feel sorry for Mac. Hopefully he sees himself truthfully and does not continue to embarrass all veterans. Glad he gets such a larger Disablity Pension!

Posted by: Cajun | September 25, 2008 1:18 AM

To the contrary Linda, it is the creepy Professor Obama who would be a nightmare.

Posted by: No way! | September 25, 2008 1:14 AM

McCain's payroll is all the over internet doing damage control.

Posted by: SDFord | September 25, 2008 1:09 AM

McCain's payroll is all over internet doing damage control.

Posted by: SDFord | September 25, 2008 1:08 AM

John McCain is the kid that realizes he can't play ball as well as the other kids, so he takes the ball and runs home with it!

If McCain can't live up to his talk show commitments, how would he EVER live up to his campaign promises?

Posted by: Fred | September 25, 2008 1:06 AM

Letterman, (who actually does admire McCain) totally owned McCain -and Palin for that matter. If Letterman caught Obama pulling the same stunt, Letterman would have done the same to Obama that he did to McCain.

McCain really blew it - because Letterman cut through the BS and illuminated the truth about this "suspending the campaigne" BS. Everyone will be talking about this, and already a bunch of people have sent me a link to the you tube clip.

Seriously funny, seriously true.

Posted by: plaza04433 | September 25, 2008 1:03 AM

I don't see what the big deal was, Mccain not showing up to the Letterman made a way more successful youtube video.

Posted by: Tj | September 25, 2008 1:03 AM

John McCain is looking more crazy and unbalanced every day. Combat fatigue or just the alzeimers setting in?

Whatever it is,he doesn't look healthy. He has this fanatical and disturbed look in his eyes that is just chilling.

Both Palin and McCain would be a disaster for America.

Posted by: Linda | September 25, 2008 1:03 AM

While Americans are given a circus of an election to entertain them the bankers are picking their pockets. Both candidates are banker backed candidates. McCain will bankrupt America spending on the military, Obama will bankrupt us spending on health care, welfare, solar panels. Either way we lose and the bankers get more power. Debt is their weapon.

Posted by: Ron Paul 2008 | September 25, 2008 1:01 AM

Makes perfect sense to me, don't they call a time out when opposite team starts making 3 pointers? You gotta give it to the old fella - first a trick play (Palin) and now a hail mary. It should be fun to watch Obama sink uncontested 3 pointers on Friday's debate.

Posted by: Anonymous-San Diego | September 25, 2008 12:58 AM

Poor Letterman. Someone actually dares to cancel on him? And that after he first dissed Hilary, and now McCain. Why would McCain help Letterman with his ratings - so that DL can sling more mud the next evening? Letterman has appointed himself the president maker - and has already decided he wants Obama in the White House.

Posted by: mk | September 25, 2008 12:58 AM

DAVE'S TOP 10. LOL

The Top Ten Questions People are Asking The John McCain Campaign

#10 “I just contributed to your campaign – how do I get a refund?"

#9 “It’s Sarah Palin –- does this mean I’m pars’dent?”

#8 “Can’t you solve this by selling some of your houses?”

#7 “This is Clay Aiken. Is McCain single?”

#6 “Do you still think the fundamentals of our economy are strong, Genius?”

#5 “Are you doing all of this just to get out of going on Letterman?”

#4 “What would Matlock do?”

#3 “Hillary here –- my schedule is free Friday night.”

#2 "Is this just an excuse to catch up on napping?”

#1 “This is President Bush –- what’s all this trouble with the economy?”

Posted by: freesurf | September 25, 2008 12:51 AM

Dave is upset because McCain canceled his appearance on a comedy show seen at night for a spot on a news show to speak about spending 700 billion of taxpayer dollars. Gee Dave must be feeling very self important. I would rather have my leader take a few moments out to speak to the news than joke with a comedian during a national crisis. At least McCain is seeing the gravity of the situation instead of getting a tan in florida and letting others handle the problem. This reminds me of Hillary's ad - Do you want a president that answers the emergency phone at 3 am or one that just lets it ring?

Posted by: adriangj8 | September 25, 2008 12:51 AM

Is McCain's age starting to show? First he cancels his Letterman appearance and now he wants to scrub the debate. I wondered if he had the stamina for this campaign and it is looking like he is becoming exhausted. Maybe he is just too old for this game. The office of the presidency is no kinder, and we need someone who can put in a full day's work for a change.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:50 AM

"independent" once again - you are so much enamored with emperorBArockSTAR that you can't even carry on a simple conversation that challenges you on anything - I did answer your question about why is mccain going in the morning and not tonight - look it up

be that as it may,

IF THIS IS SUCH A TERRIBLE MOVE ON MCCAIN'S PART, THEN WHY IS IT THE demoCRITES are the ones sweating ???

MCCAIN / PALIN 2008

Posted by: tojoley | September 25, 2008 12:49 AM

Can you believe McCain? He calls Letterman and says he's got to go to Washington, and he's down the street! What a liar.

Why is McCain in a rush to save the economy anyway? He's been a senator for 22 years! He couldn't save the economy all that time. I'm sure the Senate doesn't need him now.

Posted by: Fred | September 25, 2008 12:49 AM

Nurse Palin says good ole-Johnny has to be in bed early, you all know about his bowel problems don't you ? I hear Letterman replaced McCain's vacant spot with a 3 eyed squirrel from Texas.

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 25, 2008 12:48 AM

Take the party back, strike the vote!
Show your patriotism and save this country..
Take the Republican party back. They know who we are!

Posted by: Strike the Vote! | September 25, 2008 12:48 AM

I have a door stop that is more useful than Sarah Palin...That not a joke its 100% true

Posted by: erik | September 25, 2008 12:45 AM

Funny how fundamentals can change so rapidly.
John McCain is a shameless liar, not a patriot. Take the party back... Strike the Vote!
Take the Republican party back!

Posted by: Strike the Vote! | September 25, 2008 12:44 AM

County First. You can criticize all you want - but when it comes to doing what is right for the country - John McCain will do it.

Some people just want to get elected - McCain wants to restore America to greatness.

Posted by: Jim | September 25, 2008 12:36 AM

++++++++++++++

Which county is that?, that comes first on McCain's agenda?

This, both directly and indirectly, that proves that Sarah Palin is NOT ready to do any thing at the national level.

As Letterman quipped, if Obama felt he had to do something urgent like this, Biden, even with his loose lips, would take over campaigning.

Where is Sarah? Can't trust her, eh? LOL

Did they name a COUNTY in Arizona for McCain and that COUNTY must come first, if he don't go to Washington after the Couric show?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:42 AM

I thought McCain said the fundamentals are strong just a few days back! Just when his ratings are going down after Sarah charm is paling, he decided to run away from debate, press, etc., saying sky is falling!!

Posted by: Al | September 25, 2008 12:40 AM

Many of the previous bloggers have lost sight of the fact that this crisis stemmed from mortgages which were purchased by large government entitie without utilizing basic due diligence. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had a government oversight office which had 236 staffers whose mission was to guarantee their safety so as not to put the American taxpayer on the hook. In spite of this "valiant" effort, we are now at risk for all those mortgages. Many Congressmen, including John McCain, but not Barack Obama, railed against these agencies, to no avail. Many Congressmen, most notably Barnie Frank, protected these agencies from effective oversight.

The purpose of this blog is to point out that we now need a bipartisan solution. Many of the previous bloggers would rather express bitterness, hate, and vitriol. I suggest they sit back, cool down, and support the effort of every American who wants to solve the problem rather then deepen it.

Posted by: ANONYMOUS2 | September 25, 2008 12:40 AM

Jim,
Please pretty please
tell me where you live and what you do so I can laugh at you.... Because only a bumpkin with his head up his a$$ or somebody with a lot of money (not you) could ever back this ticket to no where.

Posted by: erik | September 25, 2008 12:39 AM

There's really no lie too big or too small for McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Aleks | September 25, 2008 12:39 AM

McCain is NOT about country first. He's about KATIE COURIC first! It's all about getting in the news for John McCain.

Of course, all this time Sarah Palin is AWOL. Amusing. They just realized she's not ready for prime time.

LOL. Republicans are about to "crater."

Posted by: Fred | September 25, 2008 12:39 AM

ok so in my viewing area, Olbermann said something like "I shouldn't tell you this, but..." and then my network went to a commercial that clearly wasn't scheduled. Was it that Olbermann told him McCain was interviewing with Couric?

Posted by: josh | September 25, 2008 12:39 AM

Honestly, if your a die hard republican and just cant vote for Obama. You only choice is protest because if you vote for McCain things will only get worse for you and your party in the future. You guys need to stand up to your party and show them whos boss... Strike the vote
take the republican party back!

Posted by: Strike the Vote! | September 25, 2008 12:38 AM

Jim,

McCain USED to be about country first. Now he's just chicken s**t.

Posted by: Fred | September 25, 2008 12:37 AM

Professor Obama is his own punch line.

Not so funny, though, when you consider how many nitwits will vote for him.

Posted by: professor obama is puny | September 25, 2008 12:37 AM

County First. You can criticize all you want - but when it comes to doing what is right for the country - John McCain will do it.

Some people just want to get elected - McCain wants to restore America to greatness.

Posted by: Jim | September 25, 2008 12:36 AM

so, joe. letterman is a joke and a whiner for catching mccain in a baldface lie? catching him getting his makeup done, instead of running to dc, like HE SAID HE WAS DOING? are you on mccain's payrolls or something? or, no, wait you're probably on fannie mae's or freddie mac's, right? but you only get 15,000/month now, so it's all good. right?

Posted by: mees | September 25, 2008 12:36 AM

Hey, Joe:

You said McCain/Palin '08? Where's Palin? John McCain is busy interviewing with Couric, and where is SHE?

McCain is the whiner. He can't keep his commitments and he doesn't know jack about the economy. And he is afraid to debate Obama on Friday.

Goes to show you can't trust a Republican more than you can throw them.

Posted by: Fred | September 25, 2008 12:35 AM

"The Bridge to Nowhere, voted YES by Obama and Biden!!!" Anonymous

whoopee, it was an earmark attached to a huge transportation bill. You can only get rid of it by voting against the whole bill.

McCain was conviently missing that day in the Senate and did not vote for the bill- or against it.

The controversy is not whether someone was for or against the project. The issue is that Sarah Palin continually lies about her initial support for it. She has repeated this lie at least 22 times on camera.

That is what is damning about the whole affair. It's her lies- not the bridge.

She is a liar- get it?

Her own Anchorage Daily News reported, " She can look you in the eye and tell you black is white."

Not this time.

Posted by: Felicia | September 25, 2008 12:34 AM

This is why McCain's days are numbered. He is a joke. And a liar.

Posted by: abadabadubadubaday | September 25, 2008 12:33 AM

Joe,
tell me where you live and what you do so I can laugh at you.... Because only a bumpkin with his head up his a$$ or somebody with a lot of money (not you) could ever back this ticket to no where.

Posted by: erik | September 25, 2008 12:32 AM

McCains dodging a lot nowadays. I really think something is wrong with his campaign or maybe even him.. He keeps coming up with these sensational distractions? Whats going on John... Are you losing it?

Posted by: Whats Up | September 25, 2008 12:30 AM

This is why Letterman's days are numbered. He is a joke. And a whiner.
McCain/Palin08
HillaryClinton2012

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:28 AM

Question... When was john McCain ever good at anything?... I mean good not just show up and talk?... He cant be president thats why he keeps turning this campaign into a fiasco every chance he gets.. Save the tax payers some money and make the suspension permanent please... Send that bimbo back to Alaska while your at it. We are all sick and tired of your stunts..

Posted by: erik | September 25, 2008 12:27 AM

Is this what we are to expect if McCain were to win come November? I would imagine that, as president, he would be called upon to handle some type of crisis ALL THE TIME. If he can't handle it, how much confidence do we have in Palin's ability to handle it? Do we all want to grant them the access to control over this country's armed forces and nuclear arsenal? Seriously, if something were to happen to McCain, at 72 (SEVENTY TWO!!) years of age, Palin as Commander-in-Chief? Palin, who hasn't even had a passport longer than a year? Haven't enough people already suffered and died as a direct result of the incompetent, immoral, dishonest Commander-in-Chief (and Bush too) that we have now? Do we really want more?

Posted by: waverson | September 25, 2008 12:27 AM

Since McSame suspended his campaign, is he going to return the $85 million that he got to run it, to the American taxpayers?

He is looking older every day- and if that left eye keeps twitching he is going to have some real problems reading his index cards.

Maybe Steve Schmidt can have a mask made, and impersonate the old curmudgeon. They both have the same type of negative demeanor.

Posted by: Cindy | September 25, 2008 12:25 AM

"America's 1st Reaction -- Friday's McCain-Obama Debate Should Still Be Held On Friday, But Perhaps with New Focus: Immediately after John McCain's announcement at 3 pm ET today, Wednesday 09/24/08, that he was suspending his campaign and seeking to postpone Friday's scheduled presidential debate, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 adults nationwide. Key findings:

A majority of Americans say the debate should be held on Friday. Just 10% say the debate should be postponed. A sizable percentage of Americans, 36%, think the focus of the debate should be modified to focus more on the economy. 3 of 4 Americans say the presidential campaigns should continue. Just 14% say the presidential campaigns should be suspended. If Friday's debate does not take place, 46% of Americans say that would be bad for America."

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReportUC.aspx?g=54d651a7-a62b-4420-bb32-9dd6b2df8c02

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:25 AM

run and hide Senator McCain, run and hide. It's bad week and the old little Senator from Arizona is very, very scared man.

Posted by: john in Montana | September 25, 2008 12:22 AM

I like js's solution. McCain should throw in the towel and save everyone the money.

Then McCain can reimburse the U of Mississippi the $5.5 million he's stiffing them. Not to mention all the network expenses, etc. for setup.

If he was so disappointed in Palin's performance with Katie that he carries through on cancelling Sarah's sole debate, he should reimburse a whole lot more folks.

McCain's a one-man economic disaster, all by himself!

Did you hear anybody calling for McCain's expertise in this matter? I mean, those 26 years have apparently not taught him the names of the entities that regulate securities and insure securities accounts . . .

And, as Lletterman pointed out, McCain didn't actually go to Washington.

He really should get his excuses in order.

Posted by: Helen | September 25, 2008 12:22 AM

There's gonna be a lot more of these jokes unfortunately. Some of them may actually be funny.

McCain really looks foolish. "Buffoonish" may be a better word. Every day he seems to become more and more unstable. I'm not even sure he'll make it to election day.

And the result will be catastrophic. For everyone.

We'll see if anyone jokes about it then.

Posted by: info | September 25, 2008 12:21 AM

me say macain can do what he wants to he is winninng white house with palling hottie beauty queen at his side and she no talk to scum reporter we know she experienced she talk to leaders at un and she build burge to nobody in alaska and wear sexy eye goggles and have hair up high in air like queen so they win and no debates they wont let he get questions ahead anyway so just skip debates who needs them when we alredy winning. too bad democracy party you lose ha ha

Posted by: d miner | September 25, 2008 12:13 AM

The argument against Obama is that he is an inexperienced and untested liar, cheat and thief.

The argument for McCain is that he is a more accomplished liar, a more trecherous
cheat and a master among thieves.

I"ll take the new guy.

Posted by: seems to me | September 25, 2008 12:07 AM

McCain shouldn't just suspend his campaign, he should simply cancel it and save the taxpayers some money.

What exactly does he bring to the bargaining table? Does he have any credibility with the conservative Republican legislators?

At best, he'll sign off on the agreement and try to take credit for it.

Posted by: js | September 25, 2008 12:07 AM

tojoley,

That doesn't answer my question, if McCain feels his presence is so urgent, why didn't he leave for Washington immediately?

Posted by: Independent | September 25, 2008 12:05 AM

tojoley,

Yes I am actually an non party affiliated independent.

You don't seem to understand, while McCain was in denial about the state of the economy, others knew this was going to happen. Many of Obama's economic advisers have been raising red flags for a long time. Heck Buffet has been, Volker has been, no one listened to Greenspan (not an adviser) because they just wanted to shake and nod their heads at his warnings since he was retiring.

Well, when you've come to understand what was coming and then it happens and isn't a surprise, you can react by going off as McCain has or you can stay calm and worked toward a solution as Obama has. In my opinion which admittedly isn't worth much in the grand scheme of things, Obama has projected a much more presidential persona than McCain has. Ok, so George Will agrees with me, but hey, he's a conservative.

Posted by: Independent | September 25, 2008 12:03 AM

David Letterman is a real a==h===. He makes no sense most of the time which leads one to believe that there is something wrong with his wacky brain.

If he were more of a decent man, he'd get married and make that child of his legal.

Posted by: Angelan Fitzpatrick | September 24, 2008 11:57 PM

bottom line - mccain gets it and obamiden does not

"independent", the "why" which you are asking has also ALREADY been answered - but since you missed it, mr/ms "independent" - mccain specifically stated he was attending the clinton foundation meeting in the morning and then going straight to DC - but obamiden is not heading back to washington at all, he wants to stay in florida and put his career ahead of his country - the next president is supposed to serve the citizens - not the other way around - i'd say spending 700 billion in citizen money in one week might be something you should think to be more important than your next career if you were a senator who took your public service seriously

MCCAIN / PALIN 2008

Posted by: tojoley | September 24, 2008 11:56 PM

Why not have the VP debates on Friday and the Presidential debates next Thursday? Surely Palin has had enough time to memorize the answers.

Posted by: Stephanie | September 24, 2008 11:54 PM

This behavior on McCain's part is symptomatic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from his time as a prisoner of war.

McCain once attempted suicide during this period.

As a senator, McCain's erratic behavior is a disturbance to many of his colleagues.

As a president the same actions could cause the deaths of untold millions in unnecessary war.

Posted by: seems to me | September 24, 2008 11:53 PM

hey "independent" (should the translation of "independent" in this case be "obama groupie" ??? ) - you actually do make some very good points - however, it was certainly not just a few republicans trying to rush this - i've seen several demoCRITES trying to railroad this spending - nor was it only one party who put the breaks on the rush job as you accurately point out - however, the fact remains that obamiden is extremely nonchalant in his willingness to spend nearly a trillion in taxpayer money in just one week - mccain is taking it more seriously as well he should - and as for letterman - he has always been over-rated

Posted by: tojoley | September 24, 2008 11:46 PM

Posted by: jules older | September 24, 2008 11:45 PM

tojoley,

And why, if he feels such urgency for his presence to be in the room to solve this problem did he not leave immediately? As that bastion of liberal politics, George Will wrote, one candidate looks like an amateur and one looks presidential. I'll let you guess who was who.

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 11:43 PM

don't you just love how these demoCRITES fail utterly to keep up with facts - MCCAIN held a news conference saying he is going to D.C. TOMORROW morning - not today - once again it's the demoCRITES so full of hate they cannot get their facts straight - and as little relevance and credibility as CBS news has these days, they are still dramatically more important than letterman - yep, the demoCRITES are the big liars - and rest assured, intelligent Americans see through it

Posted by: tojoley | September 24, 2008 11:37 PM

OK, John McCain and the MCCainn campaign people.

First of all JM has no economic expertise and thsoe dealing with the crisis say he will be more of a ditraction than help. Second, this is the 21st centurey, you sat on the technolgy commission and helped launch the invention of the balckberry (LOL) so you should know you can still travel and instant message or email your recommendations to the committe, pr I bet that jet your family owns even came equipped with some of those new technolgical breakthroughs you helped with to allow you to communicate by email or video conference or whatever and still attend the debates. We need a president that can multi-taksk and use every advantage to get the job done. You have to think harder come on I know you can...

Posted by: Frank and Truth | September 24, 2008 11:21 PM

1) Senator Reid has personally asked Senator McCain back to Washington.
2) Senator McCain doesn't use a blackberry or a computer as he can't ype on a keyboard because of the injuries he suffered as a war hero.
3) Senator McCain can mutli-task with the best of them. That's why Senators rely of staff (Obama does too) to help them get things done.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:36 PM

Letterman caught McCain LYING to him, he was having his makeup put on and getting ready to talk to Couric when he could have been on Letterman's show.

Just brutal.

Posted by: John M. | September 24, 2008 11:35 PM

tojoley,

I think you are a bit warped in your take on this, the REPUBLICAN administration wanted to spend $700 billion without any debate whatsoever. Just pass what was presented, no questions asked. Luckily congress, democrats and republicans, weren't going to give Paulson a blank check.

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 11:34 PM

McCain lied to Dave about going to DC, and Dave caught him in the act, ON VIDEO, getting makeup applied in Couric's studio.

Bottom line? McCain is a lying primma donna.

Obama couldn't raise enough cash to buy this kind of stuff.

Anyone supporting McCain must admit to themselves, and to us, that they are supporting a serial liar and fraud.

Posted by: DJS | September 24, 2008 11:25 PM

You don't know the whole story behind his cancellation and neither do I. So don't assume things you know nothing about.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:33 PM

obamiden and letterman do not get it - they are completely out of touch with reality and middle America


this is 700 BILLION dollars in tax payer money we are talking about with unprecedented repercussions - perhaps the single most important vote in the history of their senatorial careers - obamiden fails to grasp the reality of how serious this is - as does letterman and pretty much all of these probamiden mindless hate spewers - mccain gets it - obamiden does NOT - poor david letterman - what a whiner


david letterman you are a lousy excuse for an American

typical demoCRITES - they think spending hundreds of billions of dollars is one week is no big deal - how predictable

MCCAIN / PALIN 2008

Posted by: tojoley | September 24, 2008 11:29 PM

McCain lied to Dave about going to DC, and Dave caught him in the act, ON VIDEO, getting makeup applied in Couric's studio.

Bottom line? McCain is a lying primma donna.

Obama couldn't raise enough cash to buy this kind of stuff.

Anyone supporting McCain must admit to themselves, and to us, that they are supporting a serial liar and fraud.

Posted by: DJS | September 24, 2008 11:25 PM

this is 700 BILLION dollars in tax payer money we are talking about with unprecedented repercussions - perhaps the single most important vote in the history of their senatorial careers - obamiden fails to grasp the reality of how serious this is - as does letterman and pretty much all of the probamiden mindless hate spewers - mccain gets it - obamiden does NOT - poor david letterman - what a whiner

Posted by: tojoley | September 24, 2008 11:24 PM

OK, John McCain and the MCCainn campaign people.

First of all JM has no economic expertise and thsoe dealing with the crisis say he will be more of a ditraction than help. Second, this is the 21st centurey, you sat on the technolgy commission and helped launch the invention of the balckberry (LOL) so you should know you can still travel and instant message or email your recommendations to the committe, pr I bet that jet your family owns even came equipped with some of those new technolgical breakthroughs you helped with to allow you to communicate by email or video conference or whatever and still attend the debates. We need a president that can multi-taksk and use every advantage to get the job done. You have to think harder come on I know you can...

Posted by: Frank and Truth | September 24, 2008 11:21 PM

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 24, 2008 11:15 PM

Letterman on McCain: "What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

--------

Face it, McCain is a feeble wimp these days. His past "glory" is a distant past, and his steady downhill ride began quite a while ago.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:13 PM

bop-o-rama was made by mccain - and proven to be manipulated from loss. Reminds me of his time in combat - couldn't be hurt due to daddy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:09 PM

> Anything "Re: Palin" == "humor" || fail

I'm glad you used a logical rather than an exclusive or there, because it can certainly be both!

Posted by: Programmer | September 24, 2008 11:08 PM

If I run out and buy a Nerf bat, exactly how many "bops" will it take to get rid of the spam from that stupid bopping site?

Posted by: Stop the Bop! | September 24, 2008 11:07 PM

The man suffers from PTSD. If you've been tortured for five years, you ain't playing with a level level.

Posted by: lonry | September 24, 2008 11:05 PM

> I fail to see how any humor could be evinced from my remarks.

Anything "Re: Palin" == "humor" || fail

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:04 PM

> It's over for McCain and Palin will be a continent away from the presidency.

Maybe, but at least they'll be able to see Russia from there!

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 11:03 PM

Does anyone really care abou Dave? He is funny but does anyone care?

http://www.bop-o-rama.com

McCain/Palin '08

On to 3,000,000!

Posted by: Letterman Who Cares! | September 24, 2008 11:02 PM

> I fail to see how any humor could be evinced from my remarks.

Mirrors no longer show your reflection? Ouch!

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 11:00 PM

I've rarely seen any intelligent psychologist claim "flaws in culture" because those "flaws" define the culture - and are not flaws.

Perhaps they are flaws in your personal ideology or there were flaws in the way information was explained to the population at the time.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:59 PM

What is great is that McCain was taping the segment with Katie in the same Studio building [CBS]. What a joke! He deserved to get called out about his insane behavior and constant lying he's done these past few weeks. I can't wait until his time in the limelight is over!

Let the debates begin on Friday Night!

Posted by: Anon | September 24, 2008 10:56 PM

It's over for McCain and Pailin will be a continent away from the presidency.

Posted by: ivangaalen | September 24, 2008 10:55 PM

"JakeD": I fail to see how any humor could be evinced from my remarks. My intent was neither jest nor humor (unlike what Sen. Obama intended by his "lipstick on a pig" indiscretion), just to point out an inherent flaw in America's predominant political culture -- that is, the ascendancy of irrational, liberal reasoning and radical thought.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:49 PM

McCain's War on Honesty is getting boring. That crazy Mrs Palin is more fun to chat about.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:44 PM

He was a hero? I just considered him as another victim... to this day.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:43 PM

McCain is so much a coward!

I can't believe this guy used to be known as a "Hero".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:41 PM

>The week of September 15th will be remembered as the week McCain flopped around like a frantic panic-stricken fish and lost cedibility by yo-yoing on so many critical position from day to day.

That was last week.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:41 PM

Extending McCain's logic to world affairs would be like asking Iran to put on hold enriching uranium until we deal with Korea or asking taliban to stop fighting until we pacify Iraq. "We are suspending all fighting in Afghanistan starting tomorrow. I'm going to Baghdad to negotiate a piece plan between Sunnis and Shiites."

Posted by: thor | September 24, 2008 10:39 PM

MCSAME JUST WANT TO MAKE AMERICAN PEOPLE FEEL THAT, HE'S CARE ABOUT IMPORTANT ISSUE.LIAR! MAKE HIS FACE LIKE BABY CRYING FOR MILK.

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 24, 2008 10:39 PM

"Say Anything McCain" is at it again. So who and what is he tomorrow? A Conservative? A Democrat? A Populist? A Maverick? Or maybe just aptly, Bozo The Clown?

The week of September 15th will be remembered as the week McCain flopped around like a frantic panic-stricken fish and lost cedibility by yo-yoing on so many critical position from day to day. What does this guy stand for except appeasing everyone and saying anything to get elected?

John McCain is a sell-out.

Posted by: laura | September 24, 2008 10:36 PM

There too much drama and politics surrounding McCain. He's too frantic, jittery, and panicky.

McCain leaves me feeling very uneasy. This isn't how you make sound decisions.

You cant change your mind the next day after you drop the bomb on Iran.

Posted by: sue | September 24, 2008 10:34 PM

> The Holiday Inn Express is booked solid.

i loled - but seriously - screw the upper class.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:28 PM

> Since Mr. McCain is unavailable for the 1st debate now; why doesn't he ask his running mate to step in for him?

The Holiday Inn Express is booked solid.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 10:26 PM

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 24, 2008 10:24 PM

7 houses and 13 cars - I'd put my campain on hold for my investments, too. Screw the country - save the stuff! Kudos to Obama - only having 1 home and 1 car between him and his wife at risk.

Posted by: Random | September 24, 2008 10:23 PM

READ SECTION 8 of the propsed bailout.

IT GIVES ONE MAN IN WASHINGTON CONTROL OVER BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITH NO OVERSIGHT - NO KIDDING:

Paulson Plan..

Sec.8.Review: Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

Posted by: secion8 | September 24, 2008 10:22 PM

Since Mr. McCain is unavailable for the 1st debate now; why doesn’t he ask his running mate to step in for him?

Posted by: Paul Farber | September 24, 2008 10:21 PM

>Maybe we do deserve a pop culture president instead of a true leader. God help this country.

So, Palin's not pop culture? This is news. Google "Sarah Palin's glasses." God's got nothing to do with this...

Posted by: umm... | September 24, 2008 10:19 PM

But seriously - why cover letterman? Why not that asian guy from Heroes - I care a ton more what he has to think about politics. He's cute like a panda.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM

So McCain lied to Letterman. No big surprise. Another day, another McCain lie.

Posted by: Anna | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM

HOW CAN YOU OFFER A "SOLUTION" WITHOUT KNOWING THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM?

TARGETING OF AMERICANS BY GOV'T AGENCIES
A ROOT CAUSE OF WALL STREET MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation -- to cede effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis. But were lenders ORDERED to offer "easy credit" to people "targeted" by government agencies?

Is government "targeting" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | September 24, 2008 10:16 PM

Seriously, I don't care much about Letterman - I don't watch network television or cable. I currently prefer the internet.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:16 PM

> Letterman is a tasteless, bigheaded pig.

Can't be. He's not wearing any lipstick.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 10:15 PM

Who cares about a clown like Letterman?
whose ego or head is as gigantic as the Titannic .. who's slighted because a presidential candidate cancels out to go help resolve one of the most serious financial crisis of this nation?
GIVE US A BREAK, LETTERMAN...
This type of acrimonious & vitriolic behavior will sink your career like the Titannic reeeal soon ...

Posted by: susan | September 24, 2008 10:14 PM

Can we chill with Palin? We know she's crazy and lies and spews meth out her veins just to keep her family warm in those long winters. But she has NOTHING to do with politics. She's just a random distraction imposed by a desparate political party.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:13 PM

Letterman is a tasteless, bigheaded pig.
Had Sen. Obama had the integrity to motion for a postponement of Friday's debate, foul-mouthed McCain critics wouldn't be reproaching Obama as viciously as they are Sen. McCain, which is sad because Americans are naive to think that Sen. Obama's promised change will offer any sort of benefit to them.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:13 PM

If Obama is elected President with a majority in Congress we can expect this kind of petty partisan crap every day!

Posted by: Juno | September 24, 2008 10:12 PM

So now there is criticism for McCain because he cancelled on a late night comedy show? Maybe we do deserve a pop culture president instead of a true leader. God help this country.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 24, 2008 10:11 PM

wait I thought your economy was fundamentally strong - and that Obama was be anti american negative and causing damage re his staements of teh econhomy last week.... Now George and Johnny are panicking - "its a crisis" - lets all hide in the DC and pretend we are doing something - and PANIC....and Now Bush says if you guys dont rush through a 2 page rescue plan that gives DC and Paulson paower you have great depression...yes those neocons love the smell of fear in the morning - when they are desperate and need votes ...the next Great campaigbn of fear atempt to save their little house on the hill for the Rocky and Bullwinkle show...what a bunch of loosers...

Did Palin ask Karzi if his prievious Job as a Oil exec at Interoil and work on the feasability for a major gas/oil pipeline through the place (Ironically in a potential JV with Enron) pre Sept 11....was helpful in him being President of the place - or did his mate Cheney give him a reference.... Puppet meets Puppet.... where is the puppet master????? on of his puppet strings are getting abit tangled and now one got loose from his strings - Lil Johnny Mc Cain has run away back home to hide under their skirts till they can fix the strings

Posted by: col in paradise | September 24, 2008 10:05 PM

I should tune in to Letterman just to see the response to his cracks concerning McCain. But this move by McCain seems to be backfiring even as I'm writing. How does a candidate for President, who admitted that his economic experience is limited, suspend his campaign in order to lend his 'Expertise' to this pressing issue? Why would he cancel Letterman and entertain Couric?

Because McCain wants to LOOK Presidential. Congress already stated that if they need McCain or Obama for a vote on this matter, they would call for them. Bush calling a meeting only adds confusion to the financial quagmire that Wall Street is now facing. And if I was the candidate of the opposition party vying for office, why would I want to legitimize what my opponent is doing by using this crisis as a publicity stunt?

Anybody watching Letterman tonight?

Posted by: ji_john | September 24, 2008 10:01 PM

"The Bridge to Nowhere, voted YES by Obama and Biden!!!"

And your point is?

The issue is not that anyone voted for it, but that Palin LIED about supporting it. Stevens introduced some ridiculous pork, as happens from time to time, but in and of itself that's not a crime.

However, REPEATEDLY, PERSISTENTLY LYING about your involvement, even after being called out on it, shows some deep character flaws. That predilection for BLATANT LYING is the problem with Palin.

Posted by: mcdonald | September 24, 2008 10:01 PM

It's truly sad to see the pathetic desperation of the McCain Campaign-- the guy USED to be a hero a maverick even. Unfortunately, though being a Maverick almost by definition means "does not work well with others". Being a "maverick" helps explain why after 26 years he really doesn't have a lot to hang his hat on....we really don't need that now in DC. In order to become the Republican nominee he had to be gelded by his Party...it truly is a sad sight to behold.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:00 PM

McCain is sinking like a rock in the polls, so he needs to keep making gutsy moves like this to turn things around, even if this one backfired.

The way things are going now, you'll see a line of conservatives at the border singing "O Canada!" We'd like to go to Mexico because of the lower prices there, but they refuse to speak English.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 9:57 PM

Major McCain Blunder. Washington does NOT need Presidential politics at this time. The waters are muddied enough. Indeed, he brings absolutely nothing to the table-- he has said he has no clue about the economy. What Congressman, Republican or Democrat would go along with anything he says? This is purely political - the Republicans thought the MSM was against them before...wait till the media figures out this political stunt- to buy Sarah more prep time or whatever it is....McCain: Afraid to Face the American People-- Not Ready to Lead!

Posted by: Common Man | September 24, 2008 9:53 PM

Thank you David Letterman you summed it up perfectly.

Posted by: Buckeye Voter | September 24, 2008 9:51 PM

> The Bridge to Nowhere, voted YES by Obama and Biden!!!

No, they voted for a huge appropriation bill without which the government would shut down (maybe you're too young to remember, but Newt Gingrich actually did that once).

Republican Sen. Ted "The Internet is not a big truck" Stevens of Alaska put that pork into the bill. Yes, there was one other bill that would have given politicians control over where bridge money went, but they decided that actual experts in the DoT were better able to decide which roads and bridges were a priority, rather than leaving that up to Washington.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 9:37 PM

Rick Davis threw another "Flash Bang Grenade" I told you in previous posts that he would do this. Here is the reason for todays grenade.


NEW YORK TIMES 9/24/08

"...The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years...


"....As president of the Homeownership Alliance, Mr. Davis received $30,000 to $35,000 a month. He, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have characterized the alliance as a coalition of many housing industry and consumer groups to promote homeownership, but numerous current and former officials at both companies say the companies created and bankrolled the operation to combat efforts by competitors to rein in their business. The companies dissolved the group at the end of 2005 as part of cost-cutting in the wake of accounting scandals and, at Freddie Mac, a lobbying scandal that forced out its top Republican lobbyist....

On Monday, the McCain campaign attacked The Times for its account of those payments to Mr. Davis, saying the paper was “150 percent in the tank” for Mr. Obama. Mr. Davis said that he had worked not for the two companies but for the advocacy group, which included other organizations as well and, he said, was focused only on promoting homeownership....

..After the Homeownership Alliance was dissolved, Mr. Davis asked to stay on a retainer, the people familiar with the deal said. Hollis McLoughlin, who was chief of staff to Richard F. Syron, Freddie Mac’s chief executive, arranged for a new contract with Davis Manafort at the reduced rate of $15,000 a month, they said..."

The unintended victim is...well, remember George F. Will's comment "McCain has lost his head"

Posted by: Rick Davis threw another 'FLASH BANG GRENADE" | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

clip is on youtube. 9 min.or so. it's hysterical. But... Dave, I think you just got placed on McCains ever-growing "in-the-tank" list. Tsk, tsk. Dave said, "you don't just quit a campain, you send in the 2nd string quarterback. where is she?" ha! It was great.

Posted by: anon | September 24, 2008 9:32 PM

Rick Davis threw another "Flash Bang Grenade" I told you in previous posts that he would do this. Here is the reason for todays grenade.


NEW YORK TIMES 9/24/08

"...The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years...


"....As president of the Homeownership Alliance, Mr. Davis received $30,000 to $35,000 a month. He, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have characterized the alliance as a coalition of many housing industry and consumer groups to promote homeownership, but numerous current and former officials at both companies say the companies created and bankrolled the operation to combat efforts by competitors to rein in their business. The companies dissolved the group at the end of 2005 as part of cost-cutting in the wake of accounting scandals and, at Freddie Mac, a lobbying scandal that forced out its top Republican lobbyist....

On Monday, the McCain campaign attacked The Times for its account of those payments to Mr. Davis, saying the paper was “150 percent in the tank” for Mr. Obama. Mr. Davis said that he had worked not for the two companies but for the advocacy group, which included other organizations as well and, he said, was focused only on promoting homeownership....

..After the Homeownership Alliance was dissolved, Mr. Davis asked to stay on a retainer, the people familiar with the deal said. Hollis McLoughlin, who was chief of staff to Richard F. Syron, Freddie Mac’s chief executive, arranged for a new contract with Davis Manafort at the reduced rate of $15,000 a month, they said..."

The unintended victim is...well, remember George F. Will's comment "McCain has lost his head"

Posted by: Rick Davis threw another 'FLASH BANG GRENADE" | September 24, 2008 9:29 PM


It is too bad McCain backed out.

In 2000, Letterman did the best and one of the toughest interview with Bush.

McCain might have done even worse than Bush did.

Posted by: Steve | September 24, 2008 9:23 PM

Letterman's performance seems more the product of disgust over the drama queen's histrionics. I find it interesting, and likely wrong, Mr Shear attributes the jokes to hurt feelings.

Posted by: zukermand | September 24, 2008 9:23 PM

The Bridge to Nowhere, voted YES by Obama and Biden!!!

LOL the loony left never stops failing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:21 PM

McCain better start realizing, he needs to stick with his schedule. People wonder about people that cancel appointments and dinner engagements all the time.

http://wwww.boppoll.com

Team Obama! Let's bop McSame over 1,000,000

Tell ten friends. 10=600 bops per minute!

Posted by: Cancel McSame! | September 24, 2008 9:19 PM

They would have campaigned with an emphasis of experience and fiscal responsibility, so McCain might have won if he had picked Romney. Given the current economic news, that choice might have been a winner. After only a couple of weeks, his choice of Palin makes McCain look stupid. She's a loser. Most significantly, McCain reached out to the social conservative "base" with the Palin pick rather than the fiscal conservative "base" with a Romney pick. That was a mistake for McCain, the Republican Party, and our country. Even if McCain/Romney hadn't won, they would have re-galvanized the role of the Republican Party as fiscally responsible. Our country needs that message and it would help everyone a lot more than the family values garbage, which people like Palin peddle but seem to inevitably fail to live up to even in their personal lives. McCain/Palin: The Bridge to Nowhere

Posted by: thoren58 | September 24, 2008 9:17 PM

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