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Sometimes It's Over Before It's Over

True confessions haven’t been much in vogue during this presidential campaign, unless you count John Edwards’s belated acknowledgment of his extramarital affair -- an admission made, you may recall, long after the two-time Democratic contender had dropped out of the race. So, in the interest of spicing things up before tonight’s final debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, I’ve decided to bare my soul.

I’m skipping the debate. And I’m positively gleeful about it.

A child’s school event will keep me away from the tube during those crucial 90 minutes when, by habit and professional calling, I am supposed to be parsing the carefully parsed words of the presidential candidates. There is an obvious reason for my joy at having what amounts to a written excuse: We’ve reached that wake-me-when-it’s-over point of the campaign.

That is the moment when the demise is near for one candidate or the other, but the calendar requires that we all pretend it’s not over ‘til it’s over. I can’t see any way McCain turns around the political deficit he now faces, any more than our political leaders can see a clear way out of the financial mess that was the campaign’s turning point. After tonight, the next important date is October 30 -- five days before the election -- when the government reports on economic growth during the third quarter. Does anyone believe this could possibly benefit McCain?

Despite my temporary respite from campaign misery, be assured that my television-viewing future holds the prospect of gloom. The Boston Red Sox, you see, haven’t quite finished their post-season implosion.

By Marie Cocco  | October 15, 2008; 2:29 PM ET
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was the "two-time candidate" line an intentional pun?

Posted by: wallygva | October 15, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I'll be waiting for the youtube moments to be sent to me by my friends who had nothing better to do than watch that debate.

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks ..."

On this topic I don't care enough to use profanity or personally attack anyone. And I like profanity to be honest, certainly more than I like these silly debates.

Posted by: khote14 | October 15, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Don't say it...don't jinx it...bad juju. Let's pretend we're 20 points behind.

Posted by: jrw2 | October 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This seems to be the growing consensus online but frankly I'm surprised it's already starting to get picked up by the media. It seems like everyone wants people to think the race is going to be close so they'll keep following the coverage.

Posted by: divestoclimb | October 15, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you "Cocco",i.e., if that's your real name, your bias for BO is showing. It's not over till its over, and the silent majority have yet to speak. John McCain will be elected our next President and then you people, that "pretend to be members of the 4th Estate", will be treated to a crow dinner.

Posted by: ltk01 | October 15, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I think of all three debates, this is the one to watch. I enjoyed the other two, and this one is sure to have some fireworks. McCain will be throwing hail marys all night, hoping for a deep TD that will resurrect his campaign. I know it’s too late for him, but it is going to be fun to watch. In a worst-case scenario for McCain, he could say some things tonight that he really regrets.

Posted by: miknugget | October 15, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I am one of the many who just want Nov 4 to get here so I can go vote for Obama, and start celebrating that the "evil-doer" and his cronies will soon be out of office.

Yes, it has come to that.

And, YES, WE CAN.

Posted by: OhioVoterForObama | October 15, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

I heard that next week Moose Lady and the rest of the GOP noise machine is going to start shrieking that Obama and Ayers shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand and started WWI.

The 23% making up the Fox News audience will of course be suckered in by this and they will be even more determined in their support of McCain and Moose Lady. Instead of just pulling the lever for Moose Lady, they will yank it really hard.

It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the outcome however.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 15, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is planning to use voter purges and hacked voting machines to steal this election as they did the past two elections. Voter purges have already begun, despite the illegality of purges within 90 days of the election. Also, the GOP plans to have lawyers challenging the right of people to vote at voting places to lengthen lines, preventing more people who work from voting...the more people that vote, the worse it is for the GOP candidate. Also, the GOP plans to stop people whose homes have been foreclosed from voting as they no longer live at the address where they are registered.

Posted by: compassionandwisdom | October 15, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I assume nothing. The fact that George Bush could be elected twice tells me this is not a country full of rocket scientists....who knows what we'll do on election day.

Posted by: catweasel3 | October 15, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic party is trying to avoid character issues because they don't want Obama to talk about his past relationship with Ayers And Wright. They change the subject to economy because everyone is talking about it. Not so fast, the Torrington Telegram reported that Obama has had a relationship with Rahid Khalidi, a PLO member. The Democratic party must explain to voters these relationships before they vote in November.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 15, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

I heard that next week Moose Lady and the rest of the GOP noise machine is going to start shrieking that Obama and Ayers shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand and started WWI.

The 23% making up the Fox News audience will of course be suckered in by this and they will be even more determined in their support of McCain and Moose Lady. Instead of just pulling the lever for Moose Lady, they will yank it really hard.

It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the outcome however.
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Hey MorganaLeFay:

And also that he was really the one who kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | October 15, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

If this were tennis or volleyball, Obama has already won the best two out of three sets or games. I expect that Obama, who still has his arsenal intact, is more than adequately prepared to tackle one more debate with an erratic, cranky old man.

What is left to decide is the American public. Do they want 4 more years of Republican economics and "rule" or turn the page and get back to living in the 21st century?

It is very interesting that Ann Coulter, who predicted the demise of the Democratic Party, has to witness the demise of the Republican Party as we know it.

It is time to turn the page on smears, fearmongering, hate, and lies. I want to see a moral America again. The wedge issues of abortion and gay rights have been a big sad joke played by a group of trickle down economists who have played the "me" game for far too long.

Posted by: EarlC | October 15, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Donations from Wall Street & the big banks gave McCain some of the tax payers $700 Billion dollar gift they received. Pay-off for an over the hill Republican ... What else is new ? Bye Bye Johnny

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 15, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Voting for Obama is dangerous because he still has friends and relatives in the Middle East, enemies in the Middle East may use these people to their advantages. If they did, it would be difficult for America to detect. Of course, the Democratic party won't want to talk about this.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 15, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you "Cocco",i.e., if that's your real name, your bias for BO is showing. It's not over till its over, and the silent majority have yet to speak. John McCain will be elected our next President and then you people, that "pretend to be members of the 4th Estate", will be treated to a crow dinner.
Posted by: ltk01 | October 15, 2008 4:51 PM
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Perhaps you're about to find out the nature of the REAL silent majority when Obama is elected. We've had it with GOP lies and greed. The era of the neo-con is dead.

Obama/Biden'08

Posted by: lassair | October 15, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Voting for Obama is dangerous because he still has friends and relatives in the Middle East, enemies in the Middle East may use these people to their advantages. If they did, it would be difficult for America to detect. Of course, the Democratic party won't want to talk about this.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 15, 2008 5:17 PM
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What on earth do Republicans think is even remotely American or patriotic about blind, senseless fear?

Posted by: abqcleve | October 15, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic party is trying to avoid character issues because they don't want Obama to talk about his past relationship with Ayers And Wright. They change the subject to economy because everyone is talking about it. Not so fast, the Torrington Telegram reported that Obama has had a relationship with Rahid Khalidi, a PLO member. The Democratic party must explain to voters these relationships before they vote in November.

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You're citing a letter to the editor from a tiny paper in the middle of Wyoming? Really?

Posted by: neisner | October 15, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Cocco is bang on correct. This race is over. McCain has lost and Senator Obama will win by a huge margin. How sweet it is. America will be a better place as a result.

Posted by: dsrobins | October 15, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"The Democratic party is trying to avoid character issues because they don't want Obama to talk about his past relationship with Ayers And Wright. They change the subject to economy because everyone is talking about it. Not so fast, the Torrington Telegram reported that Obama has had a relationship with Rahid Khalidi, a PLO member. The Democratic party must explain to voters these relationships before they vote in November.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 15, 2008 5:08 PM"
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You are right, they don't want to talk about character issues like who was reprimanded for ethics issues such as doing legislative favors for cash, or using their office for personal vendettas, who has had extramarital affairs, who're unwed teenage child is dropping out of highschool to have a baby, or who only got into flightschool because of who their father and grandfather were. Or who had a wife stealing drugs from the charity they ran, or...

No, the Democrats don't want to talk about "character" issues because those are obvious losers for them...

And by the way, Kenya is NOT in the "middle east" - but then you probably think Africa is a country...

Posted by: dj333 | October 15, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Finally, someone with the guts to come out and and say what is obvious! Stick a fork in McCain -- he's done. The only issue is the margin and whether the Dems can get 60 seats in the Senate due to the massive coattails of the Obama landslide.

To see the nature of the core support that remains for the GOP, check out the right wing posts here. This is all McCain has left, as even moderate Republicans are jumping off his sinking ship.

Posted by: dolph924 | October 15, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Dont expect the Neocons to give up without a fight, or rather their promised October suprise..

If they push Israel to attack Iran which should not be difficult, the US will certainly be dragged in as well.

With a big and dangerous third war to fight the US public might just be stupid enough to vote Republican yet again!

Posted by: kuseldavid1 | October 15, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing worse than another wannabe reporter having the gall to make such comments and predictions. The days are counted definitely for WAPO as your lack of integrity has won you the prize of GOSSIPER tabloid paper of the year.

Whoever you are lady, do an about face and learn to earn your keep in another manner.

FYI the polls advertised here as well as ABC, CNN, NBC have been unmasked to be totally biased. They are conducted favoring democrats. I watched a radio show in WBAL Maryland by Ron Smith and he brought to his program various pollsters who indicated that the majority of the polls being conducted were done by biased young fellows who used strong arms to influence the people being interviewed and consequently the results are skewed. They tested it by doing electronic polls and results were quite different. Polls that show high fluctuations also are suspect. These individuals will pursue these apparent fraud issues. They indicated that Rasmussen and Zogby polls are the most credible.Now, this sounds to me like another ACORN tacticlike in the works.

The media has totally hijacked this election and it will fireback because they are no longer trustworthy.

Zero in on the voter registration fraud and machinations of the Obama campaign to THWART anyone advocating different opinions. As an example the latest happenings to Jerome Corsi in Kenya in trying to unveil the truth about Obama's Kenyan radical muslim cousin Odinga. Who was instrumental in Corsi getting deported and why is Michelle Obama dealing with the Foreign press in this issue?

Posted by: Hispana | October 15, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is planning to use voter purges and hacked voting machines to steal this election as they did the past two elections. Voter purges have already begun, despite the illegality of purges within 90 days of the election. Also, the GOP plans to have lawyers challenging the right of people to vote at voting places to lengthen lines, preventing more people who work from voting...the more people that vote, the worse it is for the GOP candidate. Also, the GOP plans to stop people whose homes have been foreclosed from voting as they no longer live at the address where they are registered.
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After all of the ugliness being uncovered on Obama and his buddies STEALING this election with the rampant voter fraud that he trained these groups for , do you have any decency left to make any comments? I guess Obama's main motto is to win at any cost. And that is what he trained for all these years aided and abetted by his RADICAL friends!!!

This election is by no means over until Nov 4 as our laws have established!!! Remember the last elections and I see a repeat.

Posted by: Hispana | October 15, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

To catweasel3 (great name, btw!)--

When you say, "The fact that George Bush could be elected twice tells me this is not a country full of rocket scientists....who knows what we'll do on election day," you're overlooking the fact that Bush wasn't elected twice. He was appointed once and elected once.

:>)

Posted by: kjohnson3 | October 15, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"What on earth do Republicans think is even remotely American or patriotic about blind, senseless fear?"

Apparently the same thing they think is patriotic about seceding from the Union.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | October 15, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

lol. Typical Dems, thinking they have it all but won.

Must we cite history here?

No, better yet, I can't wait for 11/4.

McCain/Palin
True American Patriots

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 15, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

This one is a funny one:

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 15, 2008 5:08 PM
The Democratic party is trying to avoid character issues [...]

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Both republicans were reprimanded for unethical behavior, McCain damped his crippled wife who brought up their children, Palin has a pregnant teenage daughter; Obama has one wife-one house, Biden was very sincere about his personal life during the dabate.

OK, let's talk about character issues, hum?

Posted by: thought1 | October 15, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that as various polls show Obama's lead getting bigger over the last 7-8 days, the stock market got worse. There seems to be a correlation between Obama's lead and the reaction of the stock market. Coincidence? Maybe, but with all the expensive programs that Obama has in mind and tax hikes on the rich, increased capital gains, Obama maybe causing the stock market to sink lower as investor anticipate worse times in the future.

Posted by: ahashburn | October 15, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Gday from Australia

We and indeed the rest of the world are watching this election very closely - so much depends on it. A recent poll was undertaken here "If you could vote in the US election (we wish), who would you vote for?" The result? Obama: 76%, McCain 16%.
there's only 22 milion of us, but I can see what I can do to send across close to 17 million Australians to help a worthy cause if you like? Kind regards, Andrew.

Posted by: accjane | October 15, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ahashburn, you smoking something bud, the markets are crashing because of the lame Republicans. This is helping Obama. McLame is a loser and so is idiot Palin. Go back to the home dude.

Posted by: Classic60 | October 15, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Voters having problems than check this out. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/election2008/story/53345.html

Posted by: owaggoner | October 15, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I wish I was skipping it. McCain's whiney, unpleasantness is truly grating, as grating as Bush.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 15, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

How in heck did McCain get the Republican nomination?

Posted by: SarahBB | October 15, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Dear Coocoo --

I applaud your great example for your kids, letting them know that politics is not really that important! My kids, however, were excited to participate in a "Mock Election" at school today...wherein McCain won hands down :). Imagine a world where the Government wants our public schools to hold Mock Elections so that they can determine who is going to win the election. Oh, that's the USA...BIG BROTHER OBAMA is watching!!

Posted by: Hiegs | October 15, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Wake me up when this is over! Most people already made up their minds who to vote for and I am one of them. I just mailed my absentee ballot today so I can't change my mind anymore no matter how the third debate goes. "President Obama"... get used to it!

Posted by: kmCA | October 15, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorist OLD Corrupt McLobbyist is DONE!!!

Posted by: mawt | October 15, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorist OLD Corrupt McLobbyist is DONE!!!

Posted by: mawt | October 15, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Well as an Indie I hope you guys are more successful than the Repubs, but seeing that Dodd, Schumer and Frank helped this financial crisis along - I doubt it.

Posted by: zendrell | October 15, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess I must be getting old for listining to these debates are not what I want to know. So I'll look at their backers that are around them all the time on the campaine trail starting last year. The one that has the smartest brains around him than thats the one I'm voting for because thats what its going to take to keep us out of a depression and bring our country up to standards before NAFT reared its ughly head.

Posted by: owaggoner | October 15, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure why anyone thinks that Palin is a positive role model to women. Not this woman. Does she have any insight on poverty? What is she modeling for women? She has her young baby out at debates at 10:00 at night. Role Model? Not. And perhaps the reason why McCain was so adamant about Lewis' comments was because it has some truth. Why would Obama apologize for "kill him" comments. Republicans, catch a clue...you guys are the reason for all of our economic, social and educational challenges.

Posted by: mrswinstead | October 15, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that Joe Plumber makes to damn much money? I have a masters degree in engineering and don't make half the money an uneducated plumber makes. I feel sorry for the rest of the engineering and scientific crowd that have lost jobs to the cheaper work force overseas. Maybe that should retrain as plumbers.

Posted by: garyh57 | October 15, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you "Cocco",i.e., if that's your real name, your bias for BO is showing. It's not over till its over, and the silent majority have yet to speak. John McCain will be elected our next President and then you people, that "pretend to be members of the 4th Estate", will be treated to a crow dinner.

Posted by: ltk01 | October 15, 2008 4:51 PM

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Look! A unicorn!

Posted by: Attucks | October 15, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree 100% with the editorial by Cocco--it was over a long time ago, and I am not the only voter who plans on moving to Canada if McCain is elected. Living here in Las Vegas, I would love to have the largest party in history the day george leaves office here in this fine city.

Posted by: Jjackson4444 | October 15, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately we've become a nation where "what is best for the people" is the big divide between parties. Its the countries like Sweden and Canada, that come together, that really get work done for their people. This country is SO divided when it comes to money..BIG PROBLEM folks!!!!!

Cocco, as for your comment on it being over...I would LOVE to know that Obama has indeed won; however, what is obvious to millions (as was the case back in 2000) does not necessarily carry out as "result". BE PREPARED!!!! Republicans work their butts off to campaign..now to actually carry out the responsibility as president of the US...that's an entirely different story. Weve seen the unimaginable take place in the presidential race.

Listen, historically, Republicans as well as Democrats have been great in office BUT BUT BUT, our parties have changed. This current Republican campaign is insane. This woman from Alaska is a joke and the mere fact that SHE would be running the country if (God forbid) McCain was unable to...leads me to the polls...OBAMA ALL THE WAY!

Posted by: lambdact | October 15, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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The Democratic party is trying to avoid character issues because they don't want Obama to talk about his past relationship with Ayers And Wright. They change the subject to economy because everyone is talking about it. Not so fast, the Torrington Telegram reported that Obama has had a relationship with Rahid Khalidi, a PLO member. The Democratic party must explain to voters these relationships before they vote in November.

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This is sheer nonsense. Scared of loosing, cannot talk about real issues. Cannot use scare tactics used by GW Bush, now the republicans have turned to this issue. Even if Obama is palling with Ayers, it doesn't mean Obama is going to bomb your backyard or he is going to support Binladen and bring him to USA to kill people. Be sensible and don't play into the hands of the republican manipulators.

Posted by: sampath29 | October 15, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and Sarah Palin will win the election because the Lord has appointed them. We need a praying woman in the Whitehouse and we need to stop all the corruption and lack of morals the Liberals have installed in America. America will be a respected Nation because that is what God has said and Bush will be redeemed.

Many of you will have to eat your words, because Congress is mostly Democratic and they have signed away on everything. Guess what nothing was forced into action by the President and as you have seen with this election the media is at fault for alot of decisions that American's make.

Posted by: michelevalladares55 | October 15, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Posted by: michelevalladares55 | October 15, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Agree. The obstacles facing McCain are overwhelming. He's only up six points in Georgia, for God's sake. Where do you campaign when you have to win Virginia, Ohio, Florida -- states Bush won -- and you're losing all three? Where do you put your TV ad buys? Everywhere?

McCain is unlucky in his timing. But he is also a much much worse candidate than I expected him to be. He's awful on TV. He makes poor decisions - Palin the worst one.
And he's a member of an intellectually bankrupt organization.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 16, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

What about the health of the man!!!

Posted by: grandstreetfund | October 16, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I watched all three debates, and I'm surprised that hardly anyone noticed how awkwardly nervous and desperate McCain appeared tonight. True, some of his incessant blinking could be attributed to the bright stage lights, but it was so constant -- and only when he was talking -- that it was obviously a nervous tick of sorts, which is a good indicator that the person isn't being candid and honest.

Even though he managed not to refer to Obama as "that one", he couldn't manage the cordiality to refer to Obama by name in his closing statement. On the one hand, he almost was in tears about allegedly being labeled intolerant by one of his Senate colleagues, yet his actions and his words belie some disturbing traits and an ugly attitude.

I'm really tired of all the deference McCain has been accorded because of his POW past -- especially by the press. If the tables were turned and Obama exhibited half of "that one's" queer mannerisms and offensive quirks, the media would be having a field day.

Posted by: honest_news | October 16, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse


Acts 13 V. 25:

And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.

McCain or Obama in the current context?

We don't even need a fact checker here. The expression that appeared again and again on McCain's face during this final debate said only one thing. And we choose to quote from Obama's mother here, namely, 'look buster, this is no picnic for me either!'

ONLY MCCAIN HAS SO SERVED HIS MASTER THRUOUT HIS LIFE, HEREIN, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -- ONE COUNTRY, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

MCCAIN FOR OUR GREAT NATION'S NEXT PRESIDENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | October 16, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

McCain on FOX: "Lose the debates - does not lose the election!" Watch here: http://tubedirect.net/index.php?q=McCain-Lose-debate?

Posted by: varniklili | October 16, 2008 4:56 AM | Report abuse

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