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By Lisa de Moraes
John McCain, so pugnacious in his encounters with his Democratic rival, folded like a tent when confronted last night by late-night host David Letterman, whom McCain stood up last month.

"I screwed up," McCain said of his last-minute decision to cancel his appearance on CBS's "Late Show" last month, forcing Letterman to scramble to find a replacement guest.

Letterman, who's been laying into McCain every night since then, started in immediately last night when the candidate walked onstage at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

"Can you stay?" he asked, dripping cynicism.

"Depends on how bad it gets," McCain answered.

The candidate admitted he "screwed up" but bravely tried to suggest he'd done Letterman a favor by backing out of his previous date.

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John McCain is conducting a diabolical fear style campaign against the American people. McCain is engaged in a military style campaign that is intended to create fear in Americans that can be characterized as Military Psychological Operations (PSYOP) and/or Psychological Warfare (PSYWAR).

First, McCain needed Sarah Palin as a mouthpiece to communicate fear within the target group - Republicans and undecided’s. The selection of Sarah Palin fills the propaganda roll. Japan used Tokyo Rose to broadcast music, propaganda, and words of discouragement. The Germans used Mildred Gillar, aka AXIS Sally. In the Vietnam War the Vietcong used Hanoi Hannah to broadcast propaganda, music, and news and messages intended to discourage U.S. soldiers.

McCain’s PSYOP purpose is to force Americans to accept him as their leader.

Wait until you see what I do with the intent or terrorist. Yep, that's McCain also.

Posted by: theodosia1 | October 18, 2008 7:40 PM

LOL! Lisa does not award Pinocchios. You don't think Dobbs is IN THE TANK enough for Obama? The WaPo ENDORSED Obama today. Isn't that satisfactory?

Posted by: JakeD | October 17, 2008 10:30 PM

The comment about Bill Ayers saying on 9/11 that he should have bombed more is not true, an interview he gave for the NY times was published on 9/11 where he gave that statement. McCain implying that he said it on the day that the terrorists attacked the US is worth at least 2 Pinocchios.

Posted by: ChicagoIndependant | October 17, 2008 9:04 PM


Then why didn't she run for president?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 17, 2008 8:49 PM

I find it very interesting that most of the pro McCain supporters miss the the very salient point:TO PAY MORE TAX YOU MUST EARN MORE MONEY. broedd2003
Right genius, so after I have covered my nut, I'm going home and playing with my kids rather than killing myself so Obama can distribute my hard earned cash to ACORN and Radical Education Programs, like the one he supported with Ayres...I'll probably lay off 1/3rd of my employees- let Obama employ them, like FDR did in the last Depression....note I didn't call it the GREAT Depression- that one's coming soon to you and Obama- Hey, did you see the room service bill for Barack and Michelle at the Waldorf last night? Caviar and Champagne all the way!

Posted by: thecannula | October 17, 2008 6:14 PM

JakeD, you were right. John McCain's peace summit visit to CBS' "Late Show" gave David Letterman his highest viewership in nearly three years.

The Thursday night telecast was seen by 6.5 million viewers, and received a 1.7 rating in the adult demo. That's the largest audience for the show since December, 2005, when Oprah Winfrey appeared. "Late Show" also topped Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" (4.6 million viewers) by 43%, and Leno had Joe Biden as a guest.

By the way, last night marked McCain's 14th appearance on the show.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 3:56 PM

"My point is- Let's call taking hard earned money from your plumber, dentist, accountant, psychologist, etc and giving checks to people who currently pay no income tax- welfare, period. If you agree with it, that's your perogative, just let's call it what it is."

If you are suggesting that all of these people make >$250k/year you are ridiculous. Furthermore, the tax increases proposed would hardly bankrupt the people who DO make >$250k/year. The main gripe they have is that they would get EVEN MORE TAX BREAKS under McCain. God knows that the rich have it so rough. Now they'll be able to afford that NINTH house they've always wanted...

Posted by: AgnosticEngineer | October 17, 2008 2:15 PM

MarkInAusitin wrote:

"I do know that "former" U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was after Iglesias declined to indict over ACTUAL allegations of voter fraud at an ACORN affiliate in New Mexico. Does that help?"

I assume you're asking about the investigation being conducted by the same DOJ that wrongfully fired several U.S. attorneys for political reasons, according to a recently released report from the OIG.

This couldn't be a politically-influenced scare campaign based on distorted information...naw...

Posted by: stee1962 | October 17, 2008 2:05 PM

Dear NomoStew,

That "silly Ayers" connection is that Obama sat on a board with the man, had previously had stated by his campaign that they were "friendly" and that he actually launched his political career in Ayers house. 95% of America would not sit on a board with him or statrt a political career at his house. He is an extreme terrorist who bomb his own country. He got off on a technicality and when released said " Guilty as Hell, Free as a Bird.. what a great country".

This is what matters! Some people don't get it or just don't care. If you want a Marxist country, good for you. I for one do not support Marxism.

Posted by: tbastian | October 17, 2008 2:02 PM

David Iglesias was FIRED (not "convicted"). Sorry for any confusion. Lunch break's over anyway. See ya.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:59 PM

stee1962, it wasn't just 200,000 registrations under the "Mickey Mouse" name. Plenty have real sounding names. You aren't worried that any of those will end up voting illegally? And, no, I don't know any "former" ACORN employees actually convicted of voter fraud (or murder, for that matter), but I do know that "former" U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was after Iglesias declined to indict over ACTUAL allegations of voter fraud at an ACORN affiliate in New Mexico. Does that help?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:52 PM

That's not what I said, tdub55. But, the numbers don't lie. Perhaps you missed that the Washington Post ENDORSED Obama today? George Bush got elected (twice) even with the media bias.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:46 PM

MarkInAustin wrote:

"Ohio was allowing SAME-DAY registration and voting. Are you seriously claiming that not one, single fradulent vote has (or will be) cast?"

Fraudulent voting does happen, but it's rarely connected to registration fraud. The ACORN controversy surrounds voter rolls with dubious names like "Mickey Mouse" and "Luke Skywalker". What's being alleged is REGISTRATION fraud, not voter fraud. To the best of my research ACORN has never been convicted of any VOTER fraud. If you have additional info please let me know.

Posted by: stee1962 | October 17, 2008 1:45 PM

DrainYou, which "Late Show" were you watching, because the clip above McCain said a lot more than "Ayers, ACORN, Ayers, ACORN."

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:40 PM

QUOTE: "Generally the Republicans get targeted much more (by late night TV)often than Democrats".

Oh, I get it. So the media is biased, the TV shows are biased. Oh my gosh, the voting public is biased!

Posted by: tdub55 | October 17, 2008 1:37 PM

That was a great interview. Letterman DESTROYED John McBush!

When McCain was stuck on Ayers, knowing he'd lost the point to Letterman who pointed out how irrelevent Ayers relationship to Obama was, Letterman then brought up McCain's close relationship to domestic terrorist G Gordon Liddy, McCain immediately shifts over to ACORN....the very same ACORN whom McCain was a keynote speaker for in 2006, HAHAHA!

What a tool. McCain can't even admit that he's lying and is wrong.

Letterman's: "Yeah, Obama was 8 and Ayers was 29 and they were palling around together." response to McCain was perfect.

No one is buying the Ayers/ACORN crap. The fact that McCain brings this up over and over just proves that he's to incompetent to be president. The polls show the public doesn't give a damn about Ayers/ACORN. They give a damn about who's going to fix the economy and end the mess in Iraq.

Yet, McCain could only say, "Ayers. ACORN. Ayers. ACORN." McCain doesn't deserve to be president. He is disqualifying himself right before the eyes of America.

Also, Faux Noise Channel is busy proving that they're a joke (again) with their hilarious 24/7 Ayers "reports".

Posted by: DrainYou | October 17, 2008 1:36 PM

stee1962, Ohio was allowing SAME-DAY registration and voting. Are you seriously claiming that not one, single fradulent vote has (or will be) cast?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:25 PM

Cambell3 wrote:

"The state of Ohio discovered 200,000 fraudulent voter applications submitted by Acorn."

There's a big difference between actual VOTER FRAUD and voter REGISTRATION fraud. ACORN is being investigated for the latter, not the former.

If some joker making $8 an hour to collect signatures decides to pad his list with a few names, so what? "Mickey Mouse" isn't going to show up to try to vote. It will have no impact on the election, period.

Talk about fake outrage.

Posted by: stee1962 | October 17, 2008 1:22 PM

Actually, losing this election could be what saves the Republican Party. If McCain wins, he will use the same trickle-down idea that do not work, and we will have a depression, and even the utterly stupid who somehow cannot see what the last 8 years have done will have to give up. The Republicans might then revert to their better pre-Reagan version as the part of fiscal responsibility, personal freedom, and caution in foreign intervention. We need that party - have needed it for many years.

Posted by: NomoStew | October 17, 2008 1:14 PM

NomoStew, when did G. Gordon Liddy bomb the Pentagon?! At least he SERVED his time for his crime. I doubt that G. Gordon Liddy said "I wished I had bombed more" on 9/11 of all days! I am voting for TODAY's McCain, whether you like him or not.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:10 PM

What McCain did was lose all of Letterman's respect, which was once considerable. you could see it playing out on Letterman's face. The McCain who Letterman - like many of us - respected could not have mouthed the words that Obama "pals around with terrorists" based on that thin, silly Ayres story (talk about something in need of repudiating). That McCain could not have said with a straight face that Palin could handle the next 9/11, God forbid there should be one. That McCain would have admitted that his Liddy connection fits "pals around with terrorists" (who hate our American Constitution in Liddy's case) at least as well as anything Obama had done. That McCain was a straight shooter, and trusted to the facts, consequences be darned. The worst thing about this campaign is that we lost that man, once one of our most valuable Senators.

Letterman is just a rich comedian, but he is more of an American "Joe" than Mr. Sixpack or Sam the Sham. For McCain to have lost his respect should be telling.

Posted by: NomoStew | October 17, 2008 1:04 PM

Independent4tw, you sound like you've made up your mind for Obama. Nontheless, 8-12% of likely voters are still "undecided." Those are the viewers McCain was going after last night. I think his Al Smith Dinner performance will help with that too.

God forbid if Obama wins and the "deomocrats" screw up, the mid-term elections are only 2 years away, not 4.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:04 PM

It was a good show. McCain did not mention that the FBI was now on the case investigating Acorn. The state of Ohio discovered 200,000 fraudulent voter applications submitted by Acorn. McCain did mention Bill Ayers as the "down the street neighborhood retired domestic terrorist", but still won't make public Obama's true Marxist upbringings.

Posted by: Campbell3 | October 17, 2008 1:02 PM

Letterman should have ripped him a new one for coming on the show to give himself an image makeover three weeks before the election. If Palin goes on SNL, her and Fey should mud wrestle.

McShame on Letterman for being so NICE to McMEAN!!!

Posted by: huckfin | October 17, 2008 1:00 PM

I am pretty sure that the Republican party is in flames, the only thing left is for Obama and a majority democrat house/Senate to be elected and pull us out of this economic hell.

That will be the last straw, and the republican party will disappear forever.

Some republicans are still hoping that Obama and the deomocrats will screw up then next 4 years, if that doesn't happen, good bye republicans.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 17, 2008 12:57 PM

I enjoy Letterman's humor, and I am a right-wing Republican.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 12:53 PM

There is no sane reason for McCain to go on a "tanker" show. Anyone who appreciates Letterman's humor is a lefty through and through and most likely a bigot of conservatives. This site seems to have many posters that are candidates for the Shock Jock Howard Sterns Obama voter interviews.

Posted by: johs | October 17, 2008 12:51 PM

The Tale of Joe the Senator and Joe the Plumber

McCain won the Debate by Introducing the Desires of Hard Working Americans to get Ahead Back into the Race in the Form of Joe the Plumber-

Joe the Plumber now has a voice, speaking for the middle and upper middle class, trying to get ahead. The REAL Rich has been represented by Penny Pritzker's Candidate. Joe said, sure today it's people making over 250K that will get killed by Obama's taxes, but soon, as Obama's agenda gets more expensive, it will be people making 150K, and so's like that old saying about not speaking out when someone comes for your neighbors....soon there will no one left to speak out when someone comes for you.

Biden made over 200K each of the past 3 years and gave less than $1000 in charity total over that time; but he feels it's "Patriotic" to ask everyone else to redistribute THEIR earnings.

You know Joe the Senator, LOTS of us wouldn't mind pulling down 200K a year, not paying higher taxes, not giving much to charity....JUST LIKE YOU!

Posted by: thecannula | October 17, 2008 12:49 PM

Senator McCain was brave to go back there. For what it's worth, The Center for Media and Public Affairs has been keeping a tally of jokes told about the presidential contenders on the "Late Show" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" in the five weeks after McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

The total so far: Republicans, 286. Democrats, 42.

"Generally the Republicans get targeted much more often than Democrats, but this election is driving it off the charts," said CMPA Executive Director Donald Rieck.

Letterman and Leno told 106 jokes about McCain and 180 about Palin in the 25 shows that aired between Aug. 29, when McCain chose her, and Oct. 2, the date of the vice presidential debate.

Barack Obama, who may be Leno's guest next week, was targeted only 26 times -- barely once a night. His gaffe-prone running mate, Joe Biden, who is scheduled to appear on Leno Thursday night, was hit only 16 times, not even one-tenth the number of jokes told about Palin over the same five-week period.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 12:47 PM


Your point is trivial. The real point is Only the top 5% (which account for only 29% of all taxes) will see an increase.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 17, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

My point is- Let's call taking hard earned money from your plumber, dentist, accountant, psychologist, etc and giving checks to people who currently pay no income tax- welfare, period. If you agree with it, that's your perogative, just let's call it what it is.

Posted by: thecannula | October 17, 2008 12:46 PM

jsmithers82 said:

"the rest of the world (which by the way DOES NOT revolve around the US) thinks that we are all a bunch of fat and stupid nutcases."

I couldn't have said it better myself! I'm just back from "the rest of the world".
Used to be, as recently as 2000, you flashed your US passport and get knowing nods and even smiles. Nowadays you'd be much wiser to conceal it and say you're a Canadian. And I'm talking about countries that worshippped US for decades. Today, all you get is open disdain, not so much because we've got a degenerate in the White House - many countries have bad leaders - but because we, Americans, are so stupid and arrogant so as to have him democratically elected TWICE.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 17, 2008 12:28 PM

The anger and hate that is being spewed by the right-wing nutjobs sounds like the GOP death rattle. I wonder if this party will ever fully recover?

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 17, 2008 12:22 PM

It is interesting to hear the rightie nutjobs saying Obama will run up the deficit even more. How can they say that w/ a straight face when Bush has put us in farther into the red than in any time in our history. They had to add another digit to the deficit clock in NY for God Sakes!

The truth is that the Dems have become the fiscally responsible party in the past couple of decades. Clinton left us w/ a surplus which vanished under Bush. And it was Clinton introduced a "pay as you go system". Obama wants to reinstate this system.

If you the economy and fiscal responsibility are your top concerns then the clear choice is Obama/Biden, hands down.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 17, 2008 12:19 PM

JakeD said:

"If Barack HUSSEIN Obama is (s)elected, we will not survive 8 years."

Are you assuming he's gonna get re-elected?
I like that assumption of yours.
Hey, if you do not survive the next 8 years, I promise to take a day off from work.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 17, 2008 12:18 PM


OK I can completely get the fact that you are one of the few Americans who actually believes the BS about Obama. Um let me ask you genius, have you even met the man? How can you say he doesn't like bibles, he goes to a church. Let me guess, you're one of those people that is so afraid to accept the fact that a highly qualified candidate for President just happens to be African American. He's the chosen one? Are you trying to imply that he is the Antichrist because I can certainly help you find yourself a great psychiatrist in your area. So let me guess again that you probably don't care that if McCain gets elected that the economy will continue to deteriorate and that we will be in a war that we shouldn't have been in to begin with. It's people like you who make me embarrassed to be an American because the rest of the world (which by the way DOES NOT revolve around the US) thinks that we are all a bunch of fat and stupid nutcases.

Posted by: jsmithers82 | October 17, 2008 12:17 PM

McCain said on Letterman that he is proud of his rally goers. Is he proud of these racist supporters?

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 17, 2008 12:15 PM


Still afraid of Obama?

What will happen in 8 years that we "will not survive?"

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 17, 2008 12:12 PM

me love macaine him float like bee sting like butterfly him got awsome hottie for run mate who cares he pals around with scum like liddy macaine was torchured so he must be pres so can get payback go back to nam and win maybe nuke them and pallen help too she inspire country with hotness and experience looking at russia from her house so bomb france for not doing what we say when we go get wmds in iran. go macaine and hottie!! Yayyyyy!!!!!!

Posted by: DaveMiner | October 17, 2008 12:11 PM

scrivener50 said:
"Letterman did what the mainstream media has not done -- gotten McCain to indict himself on these talking points."

But that's been the trend ever since the news media became just another entertainment schtick. Ever since Ted Turner invented CNN, the news people look more and more like comedians, and the comedians are becoming our best sources of relevant information and commentary.

Just compare the smiling infotainment
talking dolls on cable news channels and people like George Carlin, Woody Allen, John Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Woopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Bill Maher - I trust the latter group much more to deliver relevant news and commentary to me.

(I know for a fact that in Europe, esp. the more cynical Eastern Europe, if a news anchor talked with a constant smile and facile exaggerated excitement as they do on CNN or MSNBC, people would ask,
"Was he/she thrown in the air twice but caught only once when his/her father was playing with him/her when he/she was a child?")

Posted by: VMR1 | October 17, 2008 12:10 PM


"When will he repudiate those supporters of his, like Rep Lewis, who McCain said were hurtful? When will he repudiate ACORN?"

Lewis drew a parallel between the bigoted and hateful atmosphere of the South during the days of George Wallace and the tone at recent McCain and Palin rallies. Based on the video I've seen, I say "fair enough". Hurtful? Baby this is hardball politics in the heat of a tough race...enough with the whining, get a helmet.
Oh and BTW, Obama did criticize Lewis' comments, and Lewis backed off.

As far as ACORN goes: it's not about voter fraud, it's about registration fraud. Big difference.If some joker making $8 an hour to collect signatures decides to pad his list with a few names, so what? "Mickey Mouse" isn't going to show up to try to vote. It will have no impact on the election, period. Talk about fake outrage.
ACORN has never been convicted of a single instance of voter fraud. Look it up.

"...beginning with any understanding of the Constitution."

Obama graduated from Harvard Law School and was a constitutional law professor in Chicago for 12 years. You should do a little homework outside of Fox News if you're going to post on this stuff.

"They may inspire a Civil War, beginning with patriots, who love their liberties, defend the free speech that Obama's pals want to censor."

This kind of crazy talk doesn't even need a rebuttal. It just kind of sits there looking ignorant.

Posted by: stee1962 | October 17, 2008 12:01 PM

Ohil=o & Penn. States: Quick, get rid of your guns and bibles.........Obama does not like should know better than to pray.............Obama is The One........Salute Obama........He's the Chosen One........Forget your prayers and bow down to Comrade Obama......

Posted by: love234america | October 17, 2008 11:59 AM

Mr. McCain should have vetted the plumber too. As it turns out he's simply another example of someone not benefitting from 'tinkle down' economics ... and he would do better under Obama's plan.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 17, 2008 11:41 AM

My reasons for not voting Obama are much too long to post here:

Posted by: john2001plus | October 17, 2008 11:38 AM


Letterman eviscerated McCain on the William Ayers and Sarah Palin issues. He exposed the sophistry of McCain's argument that Palin is qualified... Letterman's provocations forced McCain to defend his association with convicted Watergate burglar G. Godon Liddy.

McCain's responses revealed himself. This should be front page news. You should be printing the transcript of Letterman's skillful interrogation.

Letterman did what the mainstream media has not done -- gotten McCain to indict himself on these talking points.


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 17, 2008 11:32 AM

LT: Obama taught Constitutional Law for 8 years. Head of the Harvard Law Review, arguably the best law school in the WORLD. Get a grip.

Posted by: surrogate4 | October 17, 2008 11:14 AM

Obama is a class act? When will he repudiate those supporters of his, like Rep Lewis, who McCain said were hurtful? When will he repudiate ACORN? When will he stop lying? Obama can't walk any of his talk. He's more stubborn and less truthful than Bush.
The guy is unable to own up to anything. He apologizes for nothing. He's arrogant and has his running mate who has proved to be severely brain-damaged, beginning with any understanding of the Constitution.
Folks, the Obama-Biden ticket is the biggest attack on the US and its Constitutional liberties. They may inspire a Civil War, beginning with patriots, who love their liberties, defend the free speech that Obama's pals want to censor.

Posted by: TL40 | October 17, 2008 11:07 AM


When Gov. Palin tells Couric she has to get back to Couric about regulations McCain has favored, she gets trashed for it.

Posted by: JakeD | October 17, 2008 11:06 AM

As the "TV Columnist" would attest, Letterman has had his highest ratings of the year since McCain canceled. My guess is that peaked with last night's show. Objectively, he did do Dave a favor. He also promised that Vice President Palin would come on the show too.

Posted by: JakeD | October 17, 2008 11:02 AM

It's Just an Illusion....

Searching for Obama's 95 Percent
Posted by Philip Klein on 10.16.08 @ 8:23AM

HEMPSTEAD. N.Y. -- "We are going to cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans," Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, said in the spin room here at Hofstra University following the final debate of the 2008 presidential election.

Plouffe was repeating one of the boldest claims made by the Obama campaign. It's a claim that the Wall Street Journal editorial board dubbed "Obama's 95% Illusion," noting that more than a third of Americans don't pay any income taxes, and that what Obama's plan does do is offer a raft of subsidies and government payments to individuals and families that he redefines as "tax cuts." His proposal looks more like a redistribution scheme than an honest effort to reduce taxes -- as he revealed on Monday when he told a now famous Ohio plumber that his plan aimed to "spread the wealth around."

So when Plouffe reiterated the 95 percent claim, I asked him a simple question aimed at clarifying whether Obama's tax plan was about cutting rates, or merely handing out government checks. "What rates would actually go down"? I asked.

"Middle class people are going to see, systemically, their taxes reduced, and small businesses," Plouffe responded.

"But what rate would go down for lower-income Americans?" I persisted, seeking more information.

"We'll have to get you the exact details on that," Obama's campaign manager told me.

If Barack Obama can effectively claim that his plan cuts taxes on 95 percent of Americans, then the term "tax cut" has no meaning.

Posted by: thecannula | October 17, 2008 11:01 AM

Barack Obama is a class act. He simply never responded to McCain's personal attacks nor did he make pointed attacks on McCain's extensive questionable past.

Essentially he encouraged dissection of McCain's campaign tactics by the media.

Obama set himself above this trashy Republican campaign and America LOVES it.

Posted by: owlafaye | October 17, 2008 11:00 AM


If Barack HUSSEIN Obama is (s)elected, we will not survive 8 years.

Posted by: JakeD | October 17, 2008 10:53 AM


Forget John Kerry. John McCain now holds the Olympic record for the most flip-flops in a campaign.

1.Experience counts, then he picks Wasilly Sarah.
2.He is an honorable man and will run an honorable campaign. Then he accuses Obama of sexually corrupting young children.
3.He is for deregulation of banking before he is against it.
4.He is against off-shore drilling then he just can't get enough of it.
5.He hugs George Bush and then says he is nothing like him (except for 90% of the time.)
6.He says he is different from Obama and then he steals his campaign slogan.(some of Obama's signs are missing, too.)
7.McCain claims the fundamentals of the economy are strong then says it's a severe crisis.
8.He says he has postponed his campaign and rushes off to Washington but he continues to run attack ads.
9.He looses his pit bull to stir up racial and ethnic hatred and then corrects a woman who calls Obama an Arab.
10.Lastly, and most importantly, He tells Dave Letterman he must cancel his appearance at the last moment to handle the financial crisis only to be caught red handed doing damage control after the Palin interview with Couric.
Hell hath no fury like a Letterman scorned.

John Kerry would have been steamrolled if he acted like this.

Posted by: seemstome | October 17, 2008 10:51 AM

He could not really defend himself because the accusations he has made are indefensible.

He had to fold. His campaign is folding also, as it should. How much more can we tolerate tax cutting for the rich as the answer to our problems.

And what about the discrediting of Joe the Plumber? Not who he said he was, a McCain shill, and doesn't even pay the little taxes he owes on his $45.000 per year.

Posted by: mtobias1 | October 17, 2008 10:40 AM

He didn't mess up, he deliberately blew Letterman off. "I screwed up" is an excuse at best, but it sounds like another outright lie to me.

McCain has based his campaign on attacking Obama's associations for a month, but when confronted with his associations with the Liddy family, he tried to dismiss the Ayers theme as a few of "millions of words" in a campaign, as if Ayers had only been mentioned once or twice. Is it a lie to dismiss a major theme of your political campaign the minute it begins to backfire?

McCain can't compete on policy. His campaign is based on psychological manipulation of the congenitally gullible. If he were to be elected president, he would usher in the sunset of the USA.

Posted by: lonquest | October 17, 2008 10:36 AM

"Folded"?! He REPEATEDLY defended himself and Gov. Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | October 17, 2008 10:31 AM

At least this time he admits messing up.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 17, 2008 10:27 AM

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