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Obama Team Ready for Mud

Obama campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs in St. Paul, Minn. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)

By Anne E. Kornblut
NASHVILLE -- Barack Obama's advisers are usually cautious about managing expectations -- never predicting a landslide, always downplaying how well their candidate will do in the debates. But with just a few hours until the second presidential debate here on Tuesday night, some of them let a little confidence slip.

Robert Gibbs, wandering the media filing tent, described McCain as "generally very cranky" these days. Then he asked: "Which John McCain are we going to get tonight? Are we going to get the guy who yells at the kids to get off his lawn?" Alternately, Gibbs said, a sunnier version of the Republican candidate could show.

But that was not the McCain he was most excited to talk about. "He looks angry and desperate, so I assume we'll get angry and desperate," Gibbs said, adding that if he wants to go negative -- presumably more difficult in the town hall setting, in front of several dozen undecided and soft-leaning voters -- Obama is ready to match him. "If people want to get down in the mud, we're prepared to get dirty," he said.

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So I just saw a new poll come out....Dream tickets for the president. Huckabee/Palin comes out 5 to 1 over McCain/Palin. Perhaps the RNC should switch out McCain for Huckabee, they might have a better chance at the white house this year cause I just can't see Obama loosing at this point. The problem is news stations are already calling the race for Obama.....switch it up and have a chance, or should we all stay home and just let Obama take the white house?

see poll at

Funny Huckabee was just recently named Featured Debator of the year by, ironic that McCain would bomb so bad right after the runner up wins debater of the year.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 7, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Who is William Ayers?
William Ayers was a radical who opposed a stupid war in a far away land where John McCain flew 23 bombing runs before he was shot down. Wonder how many innocent civilians died on the ground in those bombing runs. Any one wondered?It was a stupid war which ended in humiliation of American armed forces with over 50,000 troops dead and more than a million Vietnamese dead.
This is the same John McCain who along with the Bush administration threw dust into the eyes of the American people and asked us to launch a war based on fabricated intelligence. Remember Colin Powell showing fabricated intelligence of WMDs at UN which were never found?This is the same John McCain who would want us to be in Iraq for a 100 years, and would happily bomb bomb Iran.By God, the worst hell is reserved for those who value non American lives cheaper than American lives. Pray for your redemption before the day of judgement you conservative thugs who have stolen America. Your time has come to an end. Nov 4 th is the day of judgement. The Republican thugs will be thrown out of the White House.

Posted by: judgewisely | October 7, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse


McCain operates by "The Carney Code"

McCain will exploit low expectations.
He will offer surprising new plans, which will intrigue viewers. The innovative appearance of these will obfuscate the fact that they're just more faith-based unrestrained free market bonanza schemes favoring his manipulative rich friends.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 7, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if McCain will drop the F work in the debate tonight, McCain is no stranger to the f word, see video at

You can watch McCain and Obama preparing for the debates, including out takes at

See who won the watchdebate debator of the year award.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 7, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's just let the old guy and his
brickhead of a vp keep talking. There
isn't a day that goes by where they
don't look more and more ignorant.

Keep up the good work !
Ingnorance First !

Posted by: jupiter999 | October 7, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Speaking about "mud", that's something that Anne Kornblut specializes in. She wanted real questions for Palin, but she's never to my knowledge asked a real question of BHO. In fact, she's simply allowed him to speak and dutifully transcribed his remarks.

Not only that, but she offered a smear piece on Palin that that WaPo later corrected, without noting that it had been corrected:

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 7, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin wasn't a secessionist, then why was she palling around with them?

So here's the question: when will Sarah Palin ever explain what she was doing palling around with the Alaskan Independence Party secessionists? When will she explain why Todd Palin -- who plays a huge role in her administration -- was a member of the party for so long?

Does she oppose secession now, if so, when did she change her mind?

The problem for Sarah Palin is that she hasn't answered any of these questions, and when (if) she finally starts to answer them, her answers will be news.

So even if her silly new strategy were gaining short-term traction -- which it isn't -- it would be stupid in the long run because her false attacks on old news about Barack Obama are reopening questions into current news about her.

But I guess that's what you get when you have a ticket headed by dishonorable numbskulls like Palin and McCain.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 7, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I would like Obama to explain what the Reverend Jeremiah Wright meant when he stated, at his rant, in DC that "Barack Obama is a politician and he will say anything too get himself elected"?

We still know too little about Barack Obama to elect him President!

Posted by: mwhoke | October 7, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I do not get it when someone says I am not racist but I am not voting for this candidate. Why do you have to remind people that you are not racist and then give the reasons of not voting for someone? Are not the qualities you are saying as lacking to the candidate you do not like enough?
Not to be racist is not a favor that someone gives to the world. It is something everybody is expected to be and expects from others.
As long as someone doesn't depend on you, is not weaker or dumber than you what does being racist means to him/her except telling you to be all the racist you can?

Posted by: mshalt | October 7, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

It's bad enough that McCain has knuckled under to the same people (Bush/Karl Rove) who trashed his family so bad in 2000 that, according to his wife, his adopted daughter was in tears. John McCain won't even stand up for his own family, and he doesn't have the guts to look Obama in the eye. McCain learned the wrong lessons from the 2000 GOP primary, thinking that all he had to do was win a race to the bottom in order to win the highest office in the country. Now, he's a prisoner of the same people who abused him before, and he's losing.

John McCain sold his soul and he has nothing to show for it. No wonder he's lashing out.

For all these reasons, the thing to highlight tonight is that John McCain, after bouncing from gimmick to gimmick, is freaking out. John McCain is a desperate loser and tonight, you'll practically be able to smell it. Get the screenshots ready, there'll be YouTube summaries. McCain is going go get nasty and that will be the end of him. He's trapped between needing to lash out and needing to live down his reputation for being a volatile idiot.

Let McCain beat McCain, all we have to do is keep telling the truth about him and Alaskan Barbie.

McCain's support has dwindled down to con-men and klansmen.

After years of supporting corruption and violence, McCain's career is nearly over, and he's willing to do anything to delay the final verdict. The problems of the country aren't even on McCain's mind. For McCain, it's all about McCain. This election is about crowning his biography.

His campaign and his policies show that John McCain doesn't give a damn about this country.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 7, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

See the (Obama look a like) McCain uses to practice for the debate.

Watch The Out takes from the practice debates, see clips of mistakes made during practice.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 7, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Time for McCrankypants to waddle off to the old folks' home, where he can crack off-color remarks and go all potty-mouth to an audience who could care less.

Posted by: bclark3 | October 7, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The EPA has just announced that Republicans are being placed on the endangered species list. A wildlife refuge is being created in Alaska. ..................

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 7, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

So glad to see that John McCain wants to talk about the character of a presidential candidate.

'Keating 5,' anyone?

The video on the subject is here:

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 7, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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