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John Elway Helps McCain Kick Off Colo. Swing

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is joined at a rally in Denver by his wife Cindy, daughter Meghan, former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, his fiancee Paige Green, and former Broncos safety John Lynch. (Ed Andrieski/Associated Press)

By Michael Abramowitz
DENVER -- It's no surprise that John McCain turned to former Denver Bronco great John Elway to help him kick off his campaign swing today though Colorado. "I know a thing or two about comebacks," said Elway, famous for his fourth-quarter heroics, in introducing McCain this morning to several thousand raucous partisans in a sports arena here.

McCain is looking for any edge he can get in his battle to hold onto this crucial swing state, where polls suggest he is trailing Barack Obama by five or six points. After the speech, Elway and his former teammate John Lynch, who also spoke on behalf of McCain, boarded McCain's Straight Talk Air plane to accompany the candidate to his next stop in Colorado Springs.

In a brief interview on the tarmac, Elway said he first met McCain four or five years ago and recently told him he would help McCain any way he could in Colorado. "I like what he's about," Elway said, describing McCain as "a guy who's had the experience. He's totally an American. I believe he's going to be the guy who will change us around and get us going in the right direction."

Elway said he was absolutely confident McCain could stage his own fourth-quarter comeback. "Until we get to that vote November 4, I don't care what the polls say," he said, saying the race was closer than the polls suggest. "I think he needs a field goal," Elway said. "That's all he needs. He needs a field goal."

Judging from his speech this morning, McCain plans to keep hammering away against Obama on taxes, spending -- and the question of whether he is ready to become commander in chief, the subject of a new McCain campaign ad this morning.

"Senator Obama said yesterday that if you want to know how he would respond in a crisis, look what he's done during his campaign," McCain said. "But we've seen the wrong response from him over and over during this campaign."

McCain noted that Obama "opposed the surge strategy that is bringing us victory in Iraq and will bring us victory in Afghanistan," continuing, "He said he would sit down unconditionally with the world's worst dictators. When Russia invaded Georgia, Senator Obama said the invaded country should show restraint. He's been wrong on all of these."

McCain also picked up on new reports of rising foreclosures to sharpen his critique of the administration and Congress for not moving fast enough to help struggling homeowners. McCain wants the federal government to spend up to $300 billion to buy up bad mortgages and give homeowners a break, and this morning he appeared to refer to reports that the federal government may start guaranteeing home mortgages.

"Finally Congress and the Administration are putting together a plan to address this problem," McCain said. "Let me say: It's about time."

McCain's speech was briefly disrupted by a handful of protesters shouting. It was not immediately clear what they were protesting, and the crowd shouted them down by chanting "USA! USA!" McCain thought they were complaining about the Iraq war, so he reprised his standard line: "We'll bring our troops home, my friends, but we will bring them home in honor and victory."

But when police led the protesters out peacefully a few minutes later, it turned out two were in wheelchairs, and they were calling for McCain to support directing Medicaid funds to alternative living options for the disabled.

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The Publication: "National Review" is as credible as say....Ashley Todd the auto-mugger.

McNuts have to stick together. (ewww!)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 25, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse


Stanley (tool) Works- a Choice Between Jobs and Tax Bill- Raise Business Taxes=Layoffs!

Voting with their feet: when companies 'reincorporate abroad,' are they being unpatriotic? Or responsible?

Publication: National Review
Publication Date: 23-FEB-04 Format: Online

IMAGINE you are the CEO of a major multinational firm. Your chief financial officer comes to you and says if you move your legal home from the United States to Bermuda the company will have a 20 percent increase in net profits. With the increased profits, the company will be able to expand production, hire more workers, more R&D, and pay stockholders a higher dividend.

However, your VP for government relations tells you that if the company changes its legal home you, as the CEO, will be accused of being unpatriotic by some members of Congress and certain presidential candidates. Even worse, these same politicians will threaten to bar your company from obtaining U.S. government contracts, and demand that the IRS and government regulatory agencies single out your company for special scrutiny.

As the CEO of the company, you know you have a fiduciary responsibility to your stockholders to maximize their economic return by all legal and ethical means. You also know that the proposal to move your company is entirely legal and would be considered good management practice. You are also aware that many of the politicians who are likely to attack you are the same people who attacked managers in other industries, like mutual funds, for not being good custodians of investors' money. Despite what thoughtful people will clearly recognize as hypocrisy, those political attack dogs can cause considerable damage to you and your company as they have to other firms engaged in similar totally legal and appropriate behavior.

The Stanley Works (tools) company, for example, had planned in 2002 to reincorporate in Bermuda, in the hope of lowering its tax bill. The move was ditched, however, after political pressure was brought to bear on the company. Subsequently, Stanley was forced to lay off about 1,000 of its U.S. staff.

Posted by: thecannula | October 25, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Elway has always been a big republican supporter. I don't side with that party, but that's his choice I suppose. This is simply McCain grabbing at straws and he knows he can count on Elway to elevate his sinking status. His choice of a running mate is a similar ploy. It has NO substance, only image-gain some female voters from the democratic/Clinton party. Who does he think he's fooling?

I've attached 2 articles that come to Elway's defense if you will. It only proves that Elway has been aligned with his party for some time, again this was McCain reaching out-not vice versa (but it doesn't matter I suppose). The first article is short, but the significant paragraph is in the middle. Keep in mind which party Bill Clinton was affiliated with. Elway's timing was planned. Washingtonians (Skins fans) may recall Elway getting sick for a Monday Night Football game at RFK back in 1989. Does the name Gary Kubiak ring a bell? He had to come in because Elway was sick after having dinner at the White House. They made a big deal of it here in Colorado. The President at the time? Bush Sr.

Look, I love Elway and the Broncos, but it's Obama all the way.

Posted by: mitchcumstein | October 25, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Bar Stool Economics 102
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes,
it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. -- drank nothing.
The fifth would pay $1 -- drank tap water.
The sixth would pay $3. -- drank giner-ale
The seventh would pay $7. -- drank bud
The eighth would pay $12. -- drank heineken
The ninth would pay $18. -- drank gin and tonic
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.-- drank top shelf XO and wrote it off as a business expense

the rest is bull

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 25, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain and the "VICTORY" shame game

McCain and the Republicans bring dishonor to our troops by applying the "Victory/Defeat" label to Iraq.

Our troops have followed their orders and have served with honor and dignity in Iraq. To add this polarizing label is to add the burden of shame to the backs of troops that already have suffered enough. As a Vietnam vet, McCain should know what the vets of that era went through when they came home and were labeled losers.

General Patraeus himself said he'd "Never Declare Victory" in this interview on 9/11/08 of all days!

McCain is wrong and just doesn't get it-- he should be ashamed.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 25, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Bar Stool Economics 101
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes,
it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed
quite happy with the arrangement, until one day,
the owner threw them a curve.
'Since you are all such good customers, he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.
Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
(So he reduced their bill in proportion to what they currently paid-)
'I only got a dollar out of the $20,'declared the sixth man.
He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!'

'Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man.
'I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!'
'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!'
'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Georgia
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible

Posted by: thecannula | October 25, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

republifu$k mbaorbust says:

"All you lazy liberals are rooting for Nobama because you think you gonna get a fat check from this whole "distribution of wealth" crap that he's promising you stupid people."

A republifool and his money are soon parted. So it sounds like we will be getting your cash second, after we get what is left of this guy's:

republifu$k mbaorbust and other republifuc$s say:

"You can take a black out of the ghetto but you cannot get the ghetto out of a black."

"Blacks will vote for Black Hussein Obama and the Whites had better step up and support our team or the entire world will fall."

"Vote your race."

You all are proof that John McMetamucil has done a bang up job crashing the GOP into the mountain. He has actually managed to erode away the conservative base to the point that you fringe Coltier koolaide drinking, Limbaugh quoting republifu*ks seem to be the new representatives for the party. Shouldn't you all be sacrificing goats in front of your Reagan altars at this point? Time for some "soul searching" come this November. But I'm sure that will only happen after you all spend time doing what you do best, pointing fingers at each other. Your party is as dead as disco, it really has nothing new to offer at this point as evidenced by your posts.

Posted by: goaway41 | October 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Has any one seen this video of McCain cussing at Obama supporters at the McCain Rally? I cant tell if it is real or not.

Huckabee is the GOP favorite for 2012, Obama is the Dem favorite. according to a new poll at

Posted by: pastor123 | October 25, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I was just banned forever from Sean Hannity's site.
I was on 2 discussion threads, one on Obama's recent quest to squash some press about Ayers (in Cook County I believe) and the Elway/McCain visit. About 5 posts in all, all within the range of codes of conduct.
And they mixed up my posts. I've been having technical problems all night of course. I've got Elway posts in the Obama thread and Obama posts in the McCain thread. Since I work with "capture on" when chatting---I have confirmed I was not "in the wrong window".
I went back into the Hannity site to correct it by posting again, etc.---- and was told I have been banned and it would NEVER be lifted.
I was on Hannity's site, for the first time in my virtual life, today-- off & on for about 6 hours now.
Score one for 6 hours of freedom of speech on the Internet. Darn skippy, and I didn't even swear.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | October 25, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Wait...eliminate Joe 6 Pack.
Cindy has all the beer covered.

It is such a big perk for me to know that Cindy has the beer covered, should she become First Lady.
Forget about Michelle, the lawyer, taking on the Code of Regulations as a project...
heck no
having the beer covered is so much more important.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | October 25, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight, we have 2 Mavericks, Joe the Plumber, Joe 6 Pack, Hockey Mom, and now a Bronco has been added to the mix? LOL it sounds like Saturday night at a hick bar.

Posted by: AverageJane | October 25, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama gets Powell and many other intelligent centered Republicans to endorse him while McCain gets Joe the Plumber and John "big game loser" Elway. Hmmm I wonder whose endorsement I trust more. We just Need Billy Bob the town idiot and Bubbles the Prostitute to endorse the Mcsenile campaign

Posted by: ryanr007 | October 25, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

How is McCain going to cut taxes for We, the Poor People (a.k.a middle class) when he runs the proverbial Republican platform? It was proven today.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | October 24, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

This is a true wtf moment:

McCain is "totally an American"

huh?? And who isn't totally an American, idiot?

Elway is totally blonde.

Posted by: info23 | October 24, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

What? Hussein? Say it ain't so!
Oh, I forgot, it is Hussein and he was born in Kenya.

Nobama.....keep the changes to your self!

Posted by: mbaorbust | October 24, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden Football Team

Change we need
Obama/BViden '08

Posted by: cooday | October 24, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse


STUDENT: Why is it that someone like my father who goes to school for 13 years gets penalized in a huge tax bracket because he's a doctor. Why is that - why does he have to pay higher taxes than everybody else? Just because he makes more money. How is that fair?

MCCAIN: I think you're questioning, questioning the fundamentals of a progressive tax system where people who make more money pay more in taxes than a flat across the board percentage. I think it's to some degree because we feel obviously that wealthy people can afford more. We have over the years beginning with John F. Kennedy reduced some of those marginal tax rates to make them less onerous. I believe that when you really look at the tax code the very wealthy because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes really don't pay as much as you think they do, when you just look at the percentages. And I think middle income Americans, working Americans, who when you count in payroll taxes, sales taxes, mortgage -- all of the, all of the taxes that working Americans pay -- I think you would also think that they also deserve very significant relief.

At that point host Chris Matthews asked for members of the audience to applaud if they support wealthier people paying a higher percentage of their incomes; there was loud applause.

STUDENT: I still don't see how that's fair...aren't we getting closer and closer to Socialism and stuff...?

MCCAIN: Look, here's what I really believe: That when you are, when you reach a certain level of comfort, there's nothing wrong with paying somewhat more. But at the same time it shouldn't be totally out of proportion.

McCain added that the "first people who deserve a tax cut are working Americans...and they're the ones I would support tax cuts for first."

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

oh please scruffy.....
get with the program

Barack Hussein Obama is going to win in a landslide.
Hussein Hussein Hussein Hussein
there I said it many times....
I just got done watching American History X because I like Edward Norton.
Can I call you Nazi Nazi Nazi..
oh wait...that's White Supremicist..
It is We, the Poor People versus We, the Rich People. And what are you going to do about it in order to form a more perfect union.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | October 24, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

All you lazy liberals are rooting for Nobama because you think you gonna get a fat check from this whole "distribution of wealth" crap that he's promising you stupid people. No wonder ACORN scumbags are dragging homeless people off the street and registering their gogs and cats to vote. I, for one, was raised in Baltimore and I have no problem whatsoever about Elway's endorsement. You guys are just jealous! You can take a black out of the ghetto but you cannot get the ghetto out of a black. Oh, BTW, I'm not white, don't don't call me no racist. Peace 1

Posted by: mbaorbust | October 24, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that the American people are stupid enough to vote a possible non-American born Black Muslim as our President. John Mccain is a hero and a good man. Sarah Palin is a hot looking intelligent woman that ugly Democrat women are jealous of so they slam her. I fully agree that Blacks will vote for Black Hussein Obama and the Whites had better step up and support our team or the entire world will fall.

Posted by: Scruffy1970 | October 24, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

All these losers posting against McCain and Elway are amazingly stupid. If the race is so over as you suggest, why are you getting so worked up? Is it because you have your doubts?

95% of blacks voting for Obama.
Bradley effect on November 4th.
Vote your race. Get out and vote.
Don't let these poser posters fool you.
It's ain't over.

McCain/Palin America First.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | October 24, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Sure , rich guy . You made the big money , Crybaby Elway, you don't want to pay your fair share of taxes. Oink. Oink.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 24, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Remind me to never buy a car from any of Elway's dealerships. Of course pretty soon even people who are still employed won't be able to afford gas anyway.

Posted by: hairguy01 | October 24, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Of course Elway is a Republican - he's old and filthy rich.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 24, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like John has been playing without a helmet.

Posted by: TSRVT | October 24, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Waddya expect from a rich jerk who refused to play football in Baltimore when he was drafted?

He's just another one of the 27% who thinks Bush is on the right track. Big deal.

Posted by: ghostmoves | October 24, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Elway always had the mindset of the entitled. Few may remember that he was initially drafted by the Colts, but refused to play for them because the owner was a cheapskate. So he was traded to the Broncos for being a crybaby. Some American hero.

Posted by: jennandgus | October 24, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, this just gives us Clevelanders further reason to hate Elway. And Art Modell, who's a McCain supporter too. Some of us consider Brady Quinn stumping for McCain to be a great reason to bring back bottles to Browns stadium so we can toss them at him.

But we have extra reason to root for LeBron James, who appeared at an Obama rally in Ohio.

According to a recent AP article, foot
ball fans can look to Obama supporter Mathias Kiwanuka for a stronger sense of commitment to country, not wallet.

Posted by: TracyDC | October 24, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Need a field goal, get a safety.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | October 24, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I have been an Elway fan a long time, but I have been a Bronco fan longer.

I am thoroughly disgusted with John Elway.
Remember, the Baltimore Colts and how cocky & arrogant he was ......I will not play in Baltimore.

Denver forgave him. And he did many wonderful "things" for the Rocky Mountain "high", however,
he has lost the shimmer.
The gall of John Elway.
To bring the new Janet on stage at a political rally for our next president, no matter who it is.
It is called gall & arrogance. Right in line with the stories I have heard all these years but turned a blind eye & blind heart to, as a fan.
Let me tell you why. Take a look at that picture....this bimbo has enough diamonds and jewels (a new rack too) all over..
bring 5 families out of foreclosure and save their houses. The gall.
Careful Colorado....remember Baltimore and if your King is being "groomed for office", be afraid. He doesn't care about you, the common Colorado man.
He wants 7 glasses of wine and he wants them NOW !

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | October 24, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Elway, largely known for making it to the big game only to lose big...

NOT exactly the symbolism a guy like John McCain needs right now from his cheerleaders!

Typical of the McCain campaign... they just aren't THINKING and they are driving me CRAZY.

McCAIN, you and PALIN are going to LOSE this for us if you keep pulling these idiotic stunts. PLEASE give us just one issue the Republicans can rally around...
Celebrity endorsements is sooo liberal!

Posted by: jgarrisn | October 24, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Elway --- have you lost your mind? Well perhaps considering YOUR position (better position than MOST middle-class families), you can support McCain. The question is ---- are YOU a "ALL FOR HIMSELF" kind of person also?

Posted by: facts2008 | October 24, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse is so going for barack it doesn't even matter what elway says. but i never liked him for his colts snub and then i liked him as the old guy getting a ring and now i don't like him again. what the hell does it mean to be a "real american"?

Posted by: maceothomas | October 24, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

John McCain supported GWB twice for president. Is that judgment we can believe in?

John Elway should go back to his multi-million dollar a year car dealership business and stop telling us "lesser" folk how we should vote.

All my savings are gone because of the policies of his idiot president and party.

Posted by: KAM3 | October 24, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I used to be a big Elway fan, especially when he led the Broncs to 2 Super Bowl wins. However, my opinion of him has now changed radically and I regret every supporting him, as his political choices show him to be much less the man than I once thought he was.

Posted by: KAISERDC | October 24, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many Baltimore voters McCain just lost thanks to this endorsement. I wonder how many of you know what I'm talking about...

Posted by: noybizz | October 24, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, if it were a football game on November 4th, McCain might have a slight edge. But for President, Unstable and Unable are going to lose.

Posted by: jgh2 | October 24, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for McCain to call Elway "John the Multi-millionaire NFL Quarterback"........

They do have something in common - they both cheated on their wives.

Posted by: KAM3 | October 24, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Elway said, describing McCain as "a guy who's had the experience. He's totally an American. I believe he's going to be the guy who will change us around and get us going in the right direction."

What the F does that mean? "totally an American"? Is it totally American to support secession of a state from the United States? Is it totally American to pal around with convicted felons on your 70th birthday (that's you McCain - remember you're jaunt to Montenegro...)? Is it totally American to call a convicted domestic terrorist, G. Gordon Liddy one of your best friends?

I have question for you John Elway....why should we trust your judgment on who's going to bring change when you said in 2004 and in 2000 that George W. Bush was the best choice for President. Yeah, that worked out great.

Posted by: KAM3 | October 24, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

That's not a good move John. Backing a sinking ship. Backing McCain tells us what your about.

Posted by: langs13 | October 24, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!


Posted by: fu_buki | October 24, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Comparing John Elway's comebacks with McCain is a joke. Elway did make many dramatic comebacks, but he had a great team, a winning game plan, and an intelligent approach to the game. McCain has none of those things.

Posted by: kemp13 | October 24, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

To Jeff-NationalReport: Perhaps you should not sully your ears any longer with the rough language and gutter philosophy of the ragamuffins posting here.
Karl Rove must have a blog where you can compare notes, I hear he uses the pen name Miss Piggy. Happy Hookups.

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why didn't McCain choose John Elway as his veep? He has so much more experience than Palin. I don't know how many people Mile High held, but it was more than the town she was mayor of and held more than the 22,000 she headed as governor that she reminds us makes her more experienced than the Obama. After all who is he? The top of his class, first African American editor of the Harvard Review, state senator, U.S Senator from the third largest city in the U.S. highly educated in constitutional law, collegiate instructor of constitutional law. Palin will get around to the constitution someday, but wait this is about John Elway. Honest to goodness, I was an Elway fanatic back in the day. I lamenated his Got Milk picture after his first super bowl win. It still hangs behind my stove. I still love him, and I still think he would make a veep than Palin.

Posted by: bartola | October 24, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama's candidacy does provide a positive glimpse of his managerial style: calm, intelligent and forward looking. McCain on the other hand has appeared as the nervous rookie in the big leagues; lurching here, lurching there, grab bagging at gimmicks such as the suspended campaign and the Palin pick.

Also, when are people going to see through celebrity endorsements like Elway- I bet his investment income is about 50 times the average annual income of a Colorado resident and those low rates are all he cares about.

Posted by: kranman | October 24, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Metroman76 et al, what is with the disdain for football players? Were you all picked on by the jock-ocracy in high school? Bad memories of locker stuffing and atomic wedgies?

Calling them Neanderthal is as ignorant as calling Sarah Palin well-versed. While I agree that many just get by in college, others are as studious as the non-athletes; they just happen to also have a talent for brutality and/or throwing a pigskin.

BTW, using the term Neanderthal as an insult to imply brutality or lacking intelligence is equally ignorant. Neanderthals were highly intelligent, on par with modern humans.

That being said, Elway's got this one wrong. Perhaps he's still reeling from the beating that the Redskins put on him in '88.

Posted by: paperboy76 | October 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain is all gimmick, that's how he runs his campaign. Like Sarah Palin he's all smoke and mirrors, no substance. How else are you going to fool the poor middle class into thinking you are for them?

If McCain wanted to be a REAL maverick he would admit the war was a mistake, admit the surge was a surge of bribe money to the Sunnis, fire all his corporate lobbyists, return tax breaks to the middle class, give tax breaks to corporations that walk the walk and keep jobs in America and the hell with the rest.

McCain, like Bush, is from the privileged class and will serve their needs first.
Don't look to him for help, he just doesn't care.

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Where is this story on WaPO: The woman who claimed that she was attacked and mutilated by a black Obama supporter has turned out to be a liar! She did it to herself and is now under arrest.

Now where is that WaPo poster who yesterday was incessant with pasting the original story all over the this site?

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | October 24, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I see a few posts trying to show the polls turning for McCain. But contracts for McCain are now at an all time low selling for less that 14. Obama is now at 86.

Remember that Intrade was more accurate than any poll in predicting GWB's victory in 04 right down to the electoral count.

It's not a poll. Smart money is riding on the outcome.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | October 24, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, there goes another cherished illusion. This time it's the one about the jock quarterback superhero, who's competative spirit will never let him lose and who always comes out on the winning side. But very fortunately for us all, once jocks get too old for the athletic field, we're all forced to shed our childhood illusions about them and realize that, just like for everyone, half of them are in bottom 50% of the population in intelligence.

Posted by: Doowadiddy | October 24, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

"... Please spare the rest of us the torture of watching you froth at the mouth while you "find yourself."


Yeah, because we're all in need of the opinions of people that are obsessed with the 'real' gay agenda per your posted website. How about you people spare us your hate speech and hysteria? Your time is over. Your policies have failed. Blaming everything in the world on Democrats has failed. Get over it.

Posted by: tweldy | October 24, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

John Elway campaigns for John McCain - BFD!

If John really wanted to help he would have to change his name to Joe, you know, Joe the Football Player. ....... and since the football player is already rich, he could be like, ah, ya that's it, buying a football team! Then John McCain could tell John and all the faithful how Barack Obama's tax plan would hurt John and he may not be able to buy the football team! Oh My, that would certainly start to swing those independent voters and maybe a few Democrats, certainly it would swing back some of the Republicans who made the switch and are now voting for Barack Obama.

. . . . . if this doesn't work, then John can show up in an Emergency Room somewhere with a GREAT BIG "BFD" Carved on his body! . . .. .. ... and then he could claim it was a "Baltimore For Democrats" fans attacking him because of his support of McCain.

Or it could just mean BFD.

Veterans for Obama!

Obama/Biden '08 '12

Posted by: seakayaker | October 24, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I see quite a bit of low brow comments posted here that only serves to demonstrate the lack of sophistication of the person leaving the post. If you can not properly articulate why you have a bias one way or the other, then perhaps you should re-evaluate why you believe what you believe. Please spare the rest of us the torture of watching you froth at the mouth while you "find yourself."


Posted by: Jeff-NationalReport | October 24, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Just like John McCain, John Elway has lived a life of privilege. It's no wonder he supports McCain.

I think, though, McCain is going to be sacked in the end zone. No comeback for him.

Posted by: mbreck3 | October 24, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I met John Elway once at a bar- introduced by a brother of our same fraternity- he was a complete ***hole. He was also renowned in the NFL for being an ***hole. Who gives a damn what he thinks? McCain is an angry, senile, elderly old man.

Posted by: rsampson02 | October 24, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wants to win, he needs to shock both campaigns by saying that he knows that we were led into war with fabricated claims of WMDs and he wants to get us out of there as soon as possible, that America needs to put 9/11 behind them and he will call for an independent investigation into the catastrophe, in light of the current economic conditions, he is now totally against amnesty for illegal aliens and increases in the number of H-1B visas, and he now knows that the $700 billion bank bailout was a mistake and will work to create laws that will punish those responsible for the banking collapse.

Citizens are really tired of a government that doesn't listen.

Posted by: websmith1 | October 24, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I assume this is a ... hail mary!!!

I almost feel bad about that.

Posted by: tweldy | October 24, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Elway knows that McCain is going to make a touchdown!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: paris1969 | October 24, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Awesome - How many superbowl rings does Colin Powell have? Take that Obama

Posted by: dctax4u | October 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain's remark that he'll create wealth for everyone is absurd. The standard of living for the middle class hasn't improved at all in 20+ years of Reaganomics--McCain should know this, though he's indicated he isn't interested in economics. Lying or Stupid?
Re 'redistributing', the Iraq war will cost a trillion, much of it to military industrialists, and the Wall Street debacle cost 700 billion so far. During the debate McCain wanted to talk about 900 million in earmarks, now there's perspective.

Posted by: e9999999 | October 24, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Yea, John Elway knows a lot about comebacks... especially when California came back and beat Elway and the Stanfurd cardinals with "The Play".

Sorry Elway, no "Play" for you!

Posted by: ArtSpot | October 24, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain always gets these football knuckleheads to endorse him and these neandrathal bozos actually think they have some deep understanding of American foreign policy and the struggle of the middle-class American. This is total BULL!.
Obama has the endorsement of over 60 Nobel prize winners who deservedly got their accolades through in-depth research and sincere appreciation to unravel the truth. Not pompous, showboating, spoiled, pampered numbskulls like pro football players.

Posted by: hayden1 | October 24, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

John Elway's comments about McCain are going to be scrutinized, "He's totally an American." What is Obama?

Elway may be a Stanford grad but that was a really stupid statement considering what other McCain supporters have been saying

Posted by: rlj1 | October 24, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

ooo, how exiting. "TAX SHELTERED MILLIONAIRE'S TOUR 08". I know how much it would pain Elway to have anyone touch his well-earned coffers.

Posted by: tdub55 | October 24, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Elway joins a stellar list of McCain supporters, including: Al Qaeda (the terrorist group supports a McCain presidency); convicted domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy (who hosted fund raising events for McCain); convicted swindler of millions of Americans Charles Keating (McCain sold out all Americans to defend this criminal); jailed republican voter fraud perpetrator Mark Jacoby of YPM (who McCain donated $175,000 to so Jacoby and YPM could commit real voter fraud); McCain's pastor John Hagee (who called the Catholic church disparaging comments among so many other anti-American views); Sarah Palin (whose husband belongs to the Alaska Independence Party, a vile anti-United States group whose leader wants Alaska to secede from the U.S.). How proud Elway must be!

Posted by: Russell4America | October 24, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The article points out:

"McCain wants the federal government to spend up to $300 billion to buy up bad mortgages and give homeowners a break, and this morning he appeared to refer to reports that the federal government may start guaranteeing home mortgages."

Oh, but Barack Obama is a "socialist" because he wants to raise the top tax rate 3% to a level LOWER than it was under noted socialists Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan. Does anyone take McCain seriously anymore? Why?

Posted by: B2O2 | October 24, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

""OK, someone brought up this "TIPP" Poll. Answer me this:

Obama 44%
McCain 43%""

pssssst...Better look again.

What is worse, McCain is completely sunk because of the way the state results are looking.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 24, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is punting the ball on economy. He is probably running the clock out thinking he is winning. Good strategy!

Posted by: mouli_7982 | October 24, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, if JOHN ELWAY supports John McCain, then I'm for McCain too!! Who's John Elway? Oh, a guy that used to know how to throw a football?

Posted by: earthling | October 24, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

"OK, someone brought up this "TIPP" Poll. Answer me this:

Obama 44%
McCain 43%"

Better look again.

What is worse, McCain is completely sunk because of the way the state results are looking.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 24, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

As a lifelong Bronco fan and longtime Elway admirer it's painful to hear him talk politics. He's been a Republican forever and everybody in Colorado knows it.

BTW, McCain needs a lot more than "The Drive" to come back and win. And certainly more than a field goal.

Posted by: ElrodinTN | October 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Do not be naive Paperboy 76. Do you really think football players train 60 hours a week and do their own school work ?

Posted by: metroman76 | October 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Elway has been persona non grata in the Washington area when he decided at the beginning of his career that he didn't want to live in Baltimore and play for the Colts. Pls. don't even think about sending him back this way.

Also, thecannulla (or whatever) are you the one that's surfing around putting this TIPP information onto different blogs?
If so, can you provide a link to this organization. I haven't been able to find them. By the way, the implication that McCain may be catching up, only energizing the opposition. Just thought you'd want to know.

Posted by: Jamari15 | October 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't serious, it would be funny. I just heard two people talking about Mr. Elway supporting Senator McCain minutes before reading the story. One of the two commented that this is good for the McCain campaign because "I've heard Elway on the radio and he's always right about what he says." Second person commented "We'll you know he'd be pretty high up there if he wanted to have a Cabinet position. Something with sports maybe."

The frightning part? They are mid-level government employees. U.S. government employees.

Posted by: Dungarees | October 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

You just can''t underestimate football players Fie Bayta Cappa Elway's endorsement certainly boosts the intellectual level of McCain's campaign. I bet Elway is also a budding economist. They might as well put a dress on him and call him Palin 2.

Posted by: bob2davis | October 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

John Lynch and John Elway were never teammates. Elway retired in 1999. John Lynch didn't join the Broncos until 2004. Just sayin'...

Uneducated they are not...both went to Stanford (again, they were never teammates there). Misguided about supporting McCain, yes, but not uneducated.

Posted by: paperboy76 | October 24, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday when the WP did an article on NBA players who mostly supported Obama the neocon spin was of course they would because the NBA is all black. So if they would make the same assumption about John Elway supporting McCain? McCain cant change unless his party changes and if the same people who ran bush camp is running his how does he plan to change anything?

Posted by: gdavis4 | October 24, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Elway has always been a winner. What's happened in his old age? Looks to me like a political move to weasel his way into the hearts of party faithful. But, really, what base still supports Senator McCain, John? Looks like you've been sacked, buddy.

Posted by: Genefox1 | October 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

OK, someone brought up this "TIPP" Poll. Answer me this:

Obama 44%
McCain 43%

What happened to the other 13%????

Every other scientific (italicized) poll now shows undecideds down to 3 to 7 percent. It almost seems that this bogus poll forgot an extra 10%...for Obama.


Posted by: wxdancer | October 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse


Ashley Todd the twenty year old woman who had a reverse B on her right cheek that she claimed was "carved" into her face with a knife by a six foot four black assailant. By coincidence she is a campaign worker for John McCain and her assailant only bettered her when he found out she was a McCain supporter. He was a politically active criminal. If that sounds a little contrived and farfetched, that is because it is. She admitted today that the story was a fabrication.

Her story is no less a fabrication than thecannula's assertion that he is a business man.

He now wants us to believe that as a businessman that he will spend time talking about things for which he has no particular expertise. I could critique the ridiculousness of his proposition. If you are really interested in polls and polling accuracy I will refer the reader to:

There you will find that the chances of a McCain victory is in one in 25 or the kind of thing that occurs once a century.

The Republican Party has been led by a man who has put campaign further in the gutter than any candidate in the post Truman era. His supporters seem to have no integrity and are wont to dissemble and distort and in the case of Ashley commit a crime for their win at all cost attitude. It would seem to me just to get rid of this gutter mentality in politics that a vote against McCain even not for Obama would send a message how unwanted is their presence in the political system.

To win McCain must win all three of OH, FL and PA. Hold NC, MO, IN, and NV. He must reverse the trend that put Obama in the lead and do it in one fourth the time. Furthermore the financial crisis continues and no issue has captured the attention of the American people while this rages on.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 24, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason to dislike John Elway.

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Now tell me. Is there "prepping and grooming" for Mr. Elway going on here? Denver re-districted Cherry Hills for Elway, to include his wonderful Cherry Hills neighborhood, and called it District #7.
His Stanford Mafia buddies are all married with Hollywood trophy wives now, so therefore, Mr. Elway must follow suit and sure enough....Mr. Elway brings his new "Janet" to a McCain fund raiser. We get the message loud & clear on what the Colorado political "stage" will be for the future. And the "grooming of the political John Elway" begins in earnest.
It is simply marvelous how We, the People...the core underlying beginning of our founding document, has become-We, the Rich People versus We, the Poor People. Watch Colorado for the next 10 years folks--for the birth of Elway, the Politician along with a second generational Elway family by the new “Janet”. BTW, nicer rack now on the new wife than in that infomercial. And allegedly, John’s dream job is an NFL franchise in LA (next to Hollywood mind you)….uh, where’s that leave Colorado?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | October 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

John McCain takes another one down, down, down. How many with McCain take down the dark road of fear and dispare before Nov. 4? Elway showes his weakness.

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | October 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain's speech was briefly disrupted by a handful of protesters shouting. It was not immediately clear what they were protesting, and the crowd shouted them down by chanting "USA! USA!" McCain thought they were complaining about the Iraq war, so he reprised his standard line: "We'll bring our troops home, my friends, but we will bring them home in honor and victory."

But when police led the protesters out peacefully a few minutes later, it turned out two were in wheelchairs, and they were calling for McCain to support directing Medicaid funds to alternative living options for the disabled.


McCain and his partner know how to arouse mobs who will "Boo!" or worse their political opponents. But McCain still does not really understand how the Bush policies to which he has clung impact upon
people in need of help.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | October 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

zuckermand, I appreciated thecannula offering hope to the rest of us "real" Americans while the liberal media trash McCain every chance they can. Thank you, thecannula.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Who will you support in 2012, take part in a national poll at

See Mike Huckabee and Al Sharpton fight about Acorn

Posted by: pastor123 | October 24, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

thecannula, I'm sorry. I see you were quoting a web site. Why are you doing that?

Posted by: zukermand | October 24, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, thecannula, that all seems like very good news for you and Sen McCain. I'm even reconsidering my plans to vote for Sen Obama in light of your information. Keep up the good work. I, for one, am interested in reading as much expert, incisive poll analysis as you are willing to take the time to put together. Have you considered maintaining a web site with such information. I imagine it would be a huge hit.

Posted by: zukermand | October 24, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

August30: "Elway and Lynch. two uneducated morons"

Yeah, Wright and Ayers were educated.. But no backbone..


Posted by: Billw3 | October 24, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Jeez...Elway and Lynch. two uneducated morons who made money throwing a pigskin around. Two people who never used their brains for anything. Yeah...John Elway and John Lynch, your endorcement of an erratic crazy fool made me consider my decision...NOT!

Posted by: August30 | October 24, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse today-

If we drop out the Zogby survey--polling that has been erratic and out of sync with most other organizations--Obama's lead drops to 4.2%, 48.8% to 44.6%. Odder still, are the results of the IBD/TIPP daily tracking poll (worthy of notice, because TIPP was the most accurate pollster in 2004, predicting the outcome within a fraction of a percentage point): they show the race virtually dead even nationally. IBD/TIPP writes: "McCain has cut into Obama's lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind. The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday. The Republican is making headway with middle- and working- class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000. He has also gone from an 11-point deficit to a 9-point lead among Catholics."

Posted by: thecannula | October 24, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Elway is an example of the rich who are tax benefitted by McCain's planned economic policy. Elway's support of McCain after the campaign McCain has run says more about how Elway is concerned about his own financial well being than he is about the well being of the country.

The campaign that McCain has run putting immediate political gain over the welfare of the country needs to be rejected by the country to dissuade such behavior by other politicians in the future.

Politicians learn about right and wrong in most cases from analyzing election returns and only Republicans can teach their party a lesson.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 24, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

No Hail Mary pass needed, says John Elway. Only a field goal, as the clock winds down. "I believe he's going to be the guy who will change us around and get us going in the right direction."

One problem is that it's hard to discern any difference between the direction that McCain would ostensibly take us and the direction that Bush has led (or misled) us for almost eight years.

A day or so ago, McCain offered up a brief critical broadside of Bush and Bush policies. But the old man has clung to Bush throughout a long campaign; at this late date words certainly aren't deeds; and even if McCain were truly dedicated to a fruitful different direction, there can be little confidence that he would be able to pull off any significant change.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | October 24, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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