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McCain: The Angry Warrior?



Arizona Sen. John McCain flashed his sarcastic side in Iowa -- and it wasn't pretty. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

John McCain's combative interview with the Des Moines Register yesterday has raised questions anew about the Arizona senator's temperament as the presidential race enters its final days.

In a decidedly testy exchange with the Register's editorial board, McCain was at turns caustic and sarcastic when pressed about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's experience and criticism from some in conservative circles of her selection as his vice presidential running mate.

After insisting that he had a "fundamental disagreement" with the questioner, McCain offered a decidedly sarcastic "really" when asked about unhappiness among some conservatives about Palin. "I haven't detected that, haven't detected that in the polls, haven't detected that among the base," he said.

A visibly irritated McCain went on to bash the "Georgetown cocktail party person who calls himself a conservative and doesn't like Palin" and, adding a final note of bile, wished them "good luck."

The exchange was noted by the Associated Press' legendary Iowa reporter Mike Glover in a piece headlined "McCain turns irritable, sarcastic in interview." Glover's lead read: "Republican presidential candidate John McCain, once renowned for his jocular sessions with journalists, appeared irritable and at times sarcastic in an interview in which he defended running mate Sarah Palin's experience and campaign ads critical of rival Barack Obama."

The Obama team was quick to pounce, not only sending out Glover's piece to political reporters but also issuing a statement on the exchange. "Senator McCain's sarcastic diatribe is just more evidence that he will continue the same failed tone we've seen in Washington for too long and that Americans are looking to change," said Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan in a statement.

We have written before about McCain's tendency to let his more sarcastic -- some might say mean -- side out in public. And, we have also noted that this tendency runs directly counter to the fundamental appeal of McCain to voters: the image of him as a "happy warrior" and the belief that you can disagree without being disagreeable.

McCain is at his best -- as he was during Friday's presidential debate -- when he is relaxed, confident and optimistic. He is at his worst -- as he was in the Register interview -- when he appears petty, small and sarcastic.

The calm, confident McCain has largely been in display since he named Palin. (Remember that days before the Palin pick he had given a decidedly testy interview to Time magazine). Those close to McCain said that one of the most important -- and misunderstood -- elements of his choice of Palin was the natural rapport the duo had and how the Alaska governor was able to set McCain at ease.

The re-emergence of the angrier McCain -- if even for only one interview -- comes at a bad time for his campaign. A series of state polls in key battlegrounds released today show him well behind, and the latest Washington Post/ABC News survey, which put Obama at 50 percent and McCain at 46 percent, showed significant voter doubts about McCain temperament.

Nearly six in ten voters said Obama had the "better personality and temperament to be president" while just 34 percent said the same of McCain. In McCain's defense, those numbers -- at least in the Post poll -- have stayed remarkably stable since the spring.

Regardless of the reason for McCain's frustration -- the line of questioning, the fact that he was in Iowa, a state where Obama is comfortably ahead, just five weeks before the election etc. -- it's never good this close to the election to show anger or even flashes of a temper.

Voters want a president they believe will be cool, calm and collected under pressure not on who they worry will lose their temper or not be able to think clearly in a moment of crisis.

McCain needs to carefully measure his tone to avoid a repeat of the Register interview if he wants to take the oath of office next January.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 1, 2008; 5:25 PM ET
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TIME TO RETIRE WITH WHATEVER IS LEFT OF YOUR DIGNITY,AND A GRACEFUL WAR.
MONSIEUR MCSAME

OBAMA BIDEN 08!!!!

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 5, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Grumpy Grampa needs a nap, and Hacky Mam needs to go back to sitting on an ice berg in Alaska waiting for Russia to attack..

Posted by: Hillary08 | October 4, 2008 3:11 AM | Report abuse

He's not a "warrior." He never has been. He's just a bad-tempered, ill-mannered spoiled brat who wants his own way in everything. He's nasty, and it shows. There's a reason why his high-school friends nicknamed him "McNasty" and "Punk." And he can't blame it on his POW status. Rolling Stone has a fine article on this decrepit, pathetic old man.

Warriors don't push 93-year-olds around, even if the elderly person in question happens to be the despicable Strom Thurmond.

Posted by: thepoliticalcat | October 3, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I haven't heard much about McCain's statement In the Des Moines interview regarding the bailout where he said ... "If I were DICTATOR, which I always aspire to be, I would write it differently."

Does he believe this is an appropriate response? If Senator Obama had said it, the McCain campaign would already have an ad running day and night showing it over and over.

It may have been a statement meant to be sarcastic ... but it was stupid, nonetheless .... and humor is used to cover truth.

Posted by: SJefferson | October 2, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

What posters are characterizing, correctly I believe, is McCain's on-the-ground leadership style.

It's the style of the lead fighter pilot in the Navy, or the platoon sergeant in the Marines, or more recognizably to the average American, the quarterback in football--"Put me in coach, and I'll lead the team to get that touchdown we need !"

Admirable as that may be, and as necessary as it is for executing combat orders in war or the game plan in football, it is entirely inappropriate in top-executive positions.

Instead you want the top executive to frame a well-considered strategy, and astutely chose subordinates who are suited for executing the strategy.

That's not McCain.

Consider the recent debate. For all the places in the world that McCain said he's visited, and for all the political leaders he's met, he NEVER once said "...and therefore, here is my strategy for going forward."

THAT is the real McCain.

Posted by: WaltCulver | October 2, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The King of Mean? Is McMean channeling his inner Leona Helmsley? She's never looked better.

As an aside...

Chris I don't get why you say, "McCain is at his best -- as he was during Friday's presidential debate..." I saw a someone that was getting more and more disgusted with the whole thing as Obama refused to concede that he, McLame, was the better President, ooopppss I mean better candidate.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

and Sherman's retreat begins....

John McCain is pulling out of Michigan, according to two Republicans, a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It is not "gotcha" journalism to be asked to name a Supreme Court decision other than Roe V Wade that you might disagree with when the person is running for VP - and prossibly President of the United States. It is NOT "gotcha" journalism to have a reporter expect an intelligent answer when asked about your running mate's record on deregulation at this time in our economy. Seriousy, folks.
AND
USA3 - whoever you are - Obama has not lied to the American people. He is pragmatic, he is thoughtful, he is informed, and like FDR, if you saw him speak on the Senate floor yesterday (John McCain stayed silent, btw)- he remains calm in a crisis and appeals to the human nature in all of us to GET THIS DONE for the good of the coutry.
The choice is obvious - even die hard Republicans here have nothing to say about McCain or Palin - only bash Obama with distortions and lies. Is that all you've got?

Posted by: sheridan1 | October 2, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Ah, USA3, how fitting that the quality of your verse reflects that of your analysis!

As to the former, the poem has no rhythm and the awkward attempts to rhyme are almost painful. The ideas expressed are tendentious generalizations... beyond merely partisan, they are vacuous and trite. The spelling isn't too bad.

The analysis reflected in this vapid verse is of similarly low grade.

Don't quit your day job.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | October 2, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Dang, USA3, I actually like the music of your poem, but it would be crises, not crisis'.

I am unarmed, you're right on that, but I have passed on my genes.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | October 2, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

off topic but a question.

Why is it when I try to post to the blog The Trail it will not work> I am registered. Would really appreciate some help.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The Valley Girl Gov speaks out:

"She gave a preview of how her preparations for Thursday's debate in St. Louis are going and said she has been researching Barack Obama and Joe Biden's voting records, "Everything is going well and I'm out here in Arizona getting some fresh air even as we are studying up and reading a lot of voting records and realizing how extremely liberal the other ticket is so this is a good time to be here and I so look forward to tomorrow night getting to speak to Americans about the very, very clear choice they are going to have on November 4th."

Nice run-on sentence. I guess she failed English, too, huh, USA?

"Palin also claimed she was eager for the debate since the media had been 'censoring' her: "Getting to speak directly to Americans without that filter of mainstream media trying to I think maybe censor some of my comments as we lay out those contrasts between these two different tickets."

'trying to I think maybe censor' her? gawd. She's not only stupid, she's a liar.

Posted by: drindl | October 2, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

What do you think you are, 'USA3" -- a frickin poet? Can't you write a normal paragraph? Did you flunk English?

I'm sorry, but I am constantly amazed at the low level of rightwing discoure. Democrats are not the 'untrained' ones who will be standing in souplines. That would be your ilk, my friend.

Posted by: drindl | October 2, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

mccain is completely unstable and has been for years. examples abound of his loonie side here in az. his age, decision making process and inability to tell the truth make him completely unqualified to lead a cub scout troop let alone the world.

Posted by: blue111 | October 2, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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WHAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM BEST SAY ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN.......

"He is a vicious person"
Former representative Charles LeBoutillier R-NY
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"An embarrassment to the party"
Arizona GOP state senator Susan Johnson
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"There is nothing redeeming about John Mccain...he's a hypocrite"
Former house GOP whip Tom DeLay
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"The thought of him being president sends a chill down my spine. He is erratic"
Senator Thad Cochran, R- MS
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"Hard headed is one way to say it. Arrogant is another way to say it. It's a quality about him that disturbs me".
Larry Wilkerson, former chief aide to Colin Powell
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"What happens if he gets angry in a crisis...? It's the presidents job to negotiate and stay calm. I just don't see that he has that quality".
Former Arizona GOP chairman John Hinz
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"His temper would place this country at risk...and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind that should disqualify him"
Former Senator Bob Smith, R-NM
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"I decided I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger."
Senator Pete Domenici, R-NM

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN WHO DOES NOT HAVE WHAT IS NEEDED TO BE VICE PRESIDENT OR PRESIDENT BUT SHE WAS PICKED ONLY BY A 72 YEAR OLD THAT SHOULD OF RETIRED YEARS AGO. IF SARAH PALIN WANTS TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY, SHE SHOULD DROP OUT NOW. VOTERS,PLEASE WATCH TONIGHTS DEBATE WITH A OPEN MIND AND QUESTION YOUR SELF OF WHAT IS SAID AND WHY AT THIS TIME OF HISTORY. WHAT IS BEST FOR THE U.S.A. & THE WORLD WILL BE TRUE HONEST ANCERS WITHOUT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. WHERE IS OUR NATION TODAY? WHERE DO YOU WANT IT TO BE TOMRROW? THINK HONESTLY AND BEAR IN MIND OUR CHILDREN. IF YOU DO NOT VOTE WHEN YOU CAN, YOU PART OF THE BLAME. VOTE!

Posted by: usapdx | October 2, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry...correction...Obama LEADS in Ohio by 2/10 of a point.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Pollster.com:

Ohio...McC now leads by just 2/10 of a point.

New Hampshire a dead heat.

Florida...Obama takes 1.5 point lead.


Can Palin reverse the trend? And if so, shouldn't she be the Rep Presidential candidate instead of McCain? Yesterday there were no overflow crowds at the Truman library where Mcain spoke; there were when Palin was with him last time.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

mccain is completely unstable and has been for years. examples abound of his loonie side here in az. his age, decision making process and inability to tell the truth make him completely unqualified to lead a cub scout troop let alone the world.

Posted by: blue111 | October 2, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

those who expect others to
fix their problems.
basically liberal in thought.
always preaching to the choir,
treating everyone else as inferior
and needing of their intellect
and false compassion.
thankfully, natural selection
is stacked against them.
unarmed, untrained,
standing in soup lines
when the crisis'
arrive.

Posted by: USA3 | October 2, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

obama spoke to members of the AFL-CIO,
'tell me what I have to say, to make you
believe I will not take your guns away,
just tell me what I have to say, and I'll
say it'

Gun Owners Against Liberal Osama

Posted by: USA3 | October 2, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I have a similar problem, when talking with people. I stumble when asked a direct question, I am not sure about.
However, I am not running for President of the United States!
McCain is totally unqualified to be president. His choice of a running mate says enough about that!

Posted by: KSTURMER | October 2, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Bad omen for McCain:

Mine workers in West Virginia are stopping work to protest the NRA's distortion of Obama's record on guns and tricking them into speaking against the Democratic nominee.

When miners in West Virginia are defending Obama, it's a very bad sign for McCain.

Pollster.com shows a steady decline for McC and a steady rise for Obama in WVa.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

It is very evident to me that John McCain has a napoleon complex. He is a little man with an inferiority complex who will not even consider another's opinions.

He has to be right about everything- and will lie to prove it.

Viet-Nam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 2, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Gaffe-a-minute-John:

"There were a couple of odd moments during John McCain's interview with MSNBC just now. The first: In a strange verbal stumble, he appeared to harshly criticize the bailout bill he voted for yesterday.

McCain was asked by the MSNBC anchor why he voted for it if it had so much objectionable pork and spending during an economic crisis that has us on the "brink of economic disaster."

"Because of what you just said," McCain replied. "This bill is putting us on the brink of economic disaster." He then went on to say that he'd fought against other pork-laden bills. "

Posted by: drindl | October 2, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

USA3 -- you have the mentality of a 5-year-old, like most so-called conservatives. Better have mommy make you a P&B -- you're not worth my time.

Posted by: drindl | October 2, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Yea, thanks. I am in my office and type some of this stuff pretty quick. If that the worst thing I do today I will be happy.

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popasmoke: you mean "anecdote."

Posted by: jac13 | October 2, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I heard Mccain say something once I found interesting in light of this election. He was talking and bragged that one of the things he learned as a POW was the ability to lie and be deceptive. He said you had to if you were to survive. This was at a VFW hall he was speaking at around the time he wrote one of his books. I knew nothing about Mccain at the time and being president was far in his future. It stuck with me though and I was reminded of it in this election. When cornered Mccain will say or do anything to survive. I believe Mccain has no problem telling lies even today, including professing to being a straight talker. He lies about being honest. He is a walking catch-22. Is he lying when he says he is not lying? With him the truth is what ever serves his needs at the time he says it. You have been seeing it the last few months as he swears he didn't say something he said only the day before and continues the lie even in the face of proof like a tape of him saying it. Lying to Mccain is a tool, I suspect has served him well all his life.

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John McCain belligerently claims that he has always been "100% honest."

Nonsense. In his own book, he admitted that he lied about the Confederate flag issue while trying to defeat George Bush in South Carolina in the 2000 primary.

He lies all the time. Everyone seems afraid to call him out on it because he will invariably invoke his prisoner of war experience.

I'm a veteran and can tell you that many of us are simply appalled by how he says he loves us, but then when a funding bill comes up which will give veterans better benefits, he invariably votes against it.

The press needs to start calling him out on his lies- then watch his head explode.

Posted by: Luke2 | October 2, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

dear dribble,
tax and spent, stealing from the defense of our nation for your buddy system social
programs, and obama's outright constant lying on each and every issue.
his core belief that his form of government is smarter and wiser then the people, leads us conservatives to the simple truth.
NOBAMABOTS

Posted by: USA3 | October 2, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

popasmoke: you mean "anecdote."

Posted by: jac13 | October 2, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Another glance:
Had dinner last night with 4 friends...all 4 were very strong if not passionate Hillary supporters, none seriously opposed to McCain. All are now voting for Obama, although not enthusiastically. However, Palin was and is the deal breaker. None of them will vote for McCain as long as she is on the ticket....regardless of what happens tonight. McCain's faux-suspension sealed the deal.

Looks like the polls reveal most of America is feeling the same way.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

John McCain belligerently claims that he has always been "100% honest."

Nonsense. In his own book, he admitted that he lied about the Confederate flag issue while trying to defeat George Bush in South Carolina in the 2000 primary.

He lies all the time. Everyone seems afraid to call him out on it because he will invariably invoke his prisoner of war experience.

I'm a veteran and can tell you that many of us are simply appalled by how he says he loves us, but then when a funding bill comes up which will give veterans better benefits, he invariably votes against it.

The press needs to start calling him out on his lies- then watch his head explode.

Posted by: Luke2 | October 2, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I have only one antidote. A guy I have been working on for months who was voting for Mccain has flipped. He was by no meant some kind of hardcore Mccain fan but didn't know what to think about Obama. I saw him yesterday and he came over to tell me he was going for Obama. It was the debate. He said that Mccain is an AH and he didn't like him and Obama was the most presidential. He also hated the way he seemed to treat Obama. This is only a poll of one of course but I have a feeling he isn't unique. After all is said and done in a close election like this the one who just seems like a president will win. Obama in the last few weeks even when he was down in the polls and the heat was on, was the one with a steady hand on the tiller. The american people got that sense I am sure. It would be hard at this time after mccain's erratic behavior the last two weeks to erase that scattered brained perception. Mccain just plain does not operate well under pressure as we saw with the economic crises.


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USA3 -- Sorry for you 'conservatives' but telling the truth is not libel.

You will watch in the days to come as McCain gets nastier and pettier and meaner as he sinks in the polls. He can't stand the idea that Obama dares to run against him, because he sees himself as some kind of heroic figure, who deserves to be president.

The rest of us see an angry old man.

Posted by: drindl | October 2, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

USA3:

Did you see the video? Hear the recording? McCain looked and sounded like an angry old man. I guarantee you that most people outside of his campaign would acknowledge that he didn't do himself any favors with that interview.

Posted by: CaliforniaMonkey | October 2, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

USA3 -- Sorry for you 'conservatives' but telling the truth is not libel.

You will watch in the days to come as McCain gets nastier and pettier and meaner as he sinks in the polls. He can't stand the idea that Obama dares to run against him, because he sees himself as some kind of heroic figure, who deserves to be president.

The rest of us see an angry old man.

Posted by: drindl | October 2, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

This is libel!!!
this blog is a downright
mistruth,
yes,
a LIE!
""caustic and sarcastic
visibly irritated
final note of bile""""
Are you some pychic?
that you seem able to read
all of these negative connotations
into one's speech,
perhaps you are the caustic sarcastic
visibly irritated
pile of bile!!!
our eyes see what we want them to see!
and transfer it onto others.
you, Sir' are a plague on good peoples
intentions!

Posted by: USA3 | October 2, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

bsimon writes:
Senator McCain is suffering from his lack of a cohesive plan for winning the election. He strikes me as more of a tactician than strategist.

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Exactly. he is a fighter pilot, not a general. he belongs in the senate, not the white house. there's much to admire in mccain, but he is simply not wired to be president.

palin on the other hand does have that leadershiop gene...unfortunately she lacks the intellectual discipline and middle-of-the-road temperament to ever be effective on a national level.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain is suffering from his lack of a cohesive plan for winning the election. He strikes me as more of a tactician than strategist. Give him a problem with known scope & he'll come up with an approach. For instance, the Dem convention is a short week before the GOP convention. Do something big to subdue/offset their convention bounce & get a jump on the McCain convention bounce. Result: Gov Palin as VP pick. Short term effect: huge benefit. But where does it fit into the long term strategy? The only narrative is a vague promise to reform Washington and go all maverick on the city. But there's no apparent strategy about how to get there, or even a specific identification of what's wrong.

Point being: the voters want leadership. McCain hasn't given them a vision to follow, so they're going for the guy who is. McCain is reacting with tactical moves - last week's campaign 'suspension' for instance, which isn't producing the expected results. Of course he's crabby - who doesn't get crabby when their ideas don't work?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 2, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"The Press is ANGRY everytime McCain goes up in the polls.


And the liberals get raving mad."

Well, fortunately, this hasn't happened in several weeks now.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

What a very small bitter man he has become. So sad.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 2, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Wow. I don't really see "anger" here, but what I see as the real revelation here is that JMc has now made this election a referendum on Sarah Palin by basically telling any conservative who questions Palin's ability to be VP (Parker, Krauthammer, Brooks, Will, etc.) to go suck wind!! This is a HUGE gamble on his part to alienate what is fast becoming the largest segment of voters who lean his way. I am eager to see the responses of these "so-called conservative Georgetown cocktail party-goers" to this invective -- c'mon people, time to grow a pair.

Posted by: ebrobston | October 2, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This isn't a surprise. He's been testy and looking iritated for awhile now. His behvavior on the Senate floor yesterday when Obama went to greet him is inexcusable... As someone mentioned, this is the real McCain. If things don't go his way, he gets grumpy.

And he's slowly isolating himself from his party (and they from him). I don't think the 'maverick' label wears well with Republicans (and its already been overused to the point it means nothing...) Instead of a well-meaning 'maverick' we're getting an ill-tempered grouch

Posted by: RickJ | October 2, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

INSTEAD HE HAS A PLANE WITH HIS NAME AND LOGO PAINTED ON IT, THE DOOR HAS THE OBAMA LOGO ON IT -

Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 2, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

yeah, good thing mccain would never waste money on something like that. moron.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/30/gall.mccainplane.cnn.jpg

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 2, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

It's important to understand that THIS is the real McCain; the jocular, hale-fellow-well-met is a campaign contrivance. Remember what Thad Cochran said about his temperament earlier this year? That's the real guy -- the between-elections, condescending, imperious little hothead, who thinks his heroic POW experience entitles him to the presidency.

As for truthfulness, am I the only one who was struck by the occurrence, within about 5 minutes, of his saying -- obviously falsely -- that he has consulted Palin on foreign policy in the past and that she's qualified, on the one hand, and that he has always been absolutely, 100% truthful on the other hand?

P.S. - The true opinion of Palin's qualifications among the GOP higher-ups was revealed in Haley Barbour's telling comment that "she wouldn't have much of a foreign-policy role in a McCain administration." You think?

Posted by: jac13 | October 2, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

37thandOStreet - Top political blog, voted by who? Go and pay for your advertising like everyone else. On here looking for something for free - not you really?

Posted by: J_thinks | October 2, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe McCain cited Palin's PTA and city council membership as experience. Its admirable to serve one's community (but apparently not as a community organizer according to McCain and Palin), but come on. That is deciding on playground equipment and what type of flowers will hang in planters on Main Street. That's not experience!

Posted by: corridorg4 | October 2, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

McCain has no one to blame for his current position but himself. He can't go around blaming everyone else when things don't go right, god help us if he is elected,all he will do is grouse and blame others and not be able to get thinks done. He thinks he is a maverick I think he has just morphed into a grouchy old man

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 2, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

To Popassmoke

In your post which is copied below you ask what Obama did with all the money he got from Wall Street lobbyists


AND Freddie Mac lobbyists AND Fannie Mae lobbyists


In fact Obama received the SECOND MOST MONEY FROM THE FINANCIAL LOBBYISTS QUITE A FEAT FOR A FRESHMAN SENATOR WHO NEVER HOLDS A HEARING


What does he do with the money?

He pays staffers to HARASS PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET. HE WASTES THE MONEY. YOU THINK HE WOULD ACTUALLY TRY TO HELP THE INNER CITIES - INSTEAD HE HAS A PLANE WITH HIS NAME AND LOGO PAINTED ON IT, THE DOOR HAS THE OBAMA LOGO ON IT - THERE IS SO MUCH WASTED MONEY - OBAMA BLEW THROUGH OVER A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS WHAT A WASTE.


.

Gee, I wonder what Obama did with all that money? Till his book was is pretty much broke. He really doesn't have much of anything now. I guess he must have some Swiss bank account somewhere.


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IF ANYONE WANTS TO FIND OUT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS MESS, JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL!! The money trail leads to the pockets of Sen. Obama and top ranking Democrats.

Posted by: CoreyB2 | October 1, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 1:16 AM

Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 2, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

The Press is ANGRY everytime McCain goes up in the polls.


And the liberals get raving mad.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 2, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

There are so many hearsay's about McCain AKA McStupid's temperament. Not only temperament but ATTITUDE PROBLEM as well. At the debate...I saw the real McCain. That was not a pretty sight I wanted to see on someone who wants to govern this country as President of USA. His condescending attitude, looking down on Obama, lecturing Obama, his implied Mr. know it all attitude, his high and mighty untouchable approach, and never once look Obama eye to eye tells me so many truth about the man. I gathered that McCain was never disciplined as a child, as a young man,and as an adult. His parent most likely never paid attention to him, Never taught him the good side of life, like respect for others, graciousness, politeness, humility, gentlemanly manners, and above all that love thy neighbor as thy self. McCain personality project an image of agressiveness, rudeness, don't care attitude, I am tough so don't bother me attitude, I am better than you are attitude, you are not my equal so therefore you are nothing to me attitude, and many more negative connotations of his action. His temperament shows all the signs of all of the above. Sad but true. And that my friends, my friends, my friends is the real John McCain.

Posted by: prudencerussell | October 2, 2008 5:05 AM | Report abuse

What is going on with McCain's left eye? (Check out recent photographs.) It looks droopy and unfocused. Perhaps he has suffered a minor stroke. That would explain some of his odd behavior of late, including his selection of Palin to be one heartbeat - or melanoma - away from the Presidency.

Posted by: HughBriss | October 2, 2008 4:23 AM | Report abuse

Where are the tax returns from Sarah Palin? They will tell us if she really is a "reformer" or not.

I say not.

I find the idea of her collecting per diem when living in her own house completely odious. I don't care if it's legal or illegal; it's grossly irresponsible.

Everyone who has ever worked in government knows what per diem is for. Everyone who's ever worked ANYWHERE knows what it's for. It's designed to pay expenses for food and lodging while you are traveling on business. If her "duty station" is Juneau, then why would they pay per diem for her to go to Wasilla? She's not going to Wasilla on business; she's going to Wasilla because she feels like it. If her "duty station" were Wasilla, then perhaps you could classify her trips to Juneau as business trips the state should pay for, but then she wouldn't be entitled to per diem when she's in the Wasilla house.

You can't have BOTH (1) the idea that you live in Wasilla and work in Juneau, for the purposes of making the state pay to fly you to Juneau when there's business there; and (2) the idea that you live in Juneau and work in Wasilla, for the purposes of making the state pay you per diem. She's double-dipping.

Let's see what her tax retuns reveal.

Posted by: Luke2 | October 2, 2008 3:41 AM | Report abuse

Gore attacked Kemp for being part of the "Blame America First" crowd!

Hah, maybe a lot of these issues aren't necessarily Democrat/Republican issues, but rather incumbent/challenger issues. This is the only Democratic defense in my lifetime.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Luke2 | October 2, 2008 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Hah, Kemp attacked Clinton for not consulting with the UN before attacking Iraq. Clinton attacked from a position of weakness and prematurely declared victory, says Kemp. He also says we needed more information.

Of course, Kemp badly stumbled on the followup as to what Clinton did wrong in Iraq (somehow turned the answer to a point about Haiti)

Al Gore defended unilateralism, hah.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 3:20 AM | Report abuse

One thing noticable in the two debates with Gore is that the wedge issues took a backseat. Abortion was talked about, but clearly was not as important as in 1988 or 2000.

Especially in 1996, Kemp was VERY civil about the issue.

Of course, they are taking a back seat in this election as well.

Quayle did get a lot more aggressive in 1992 from 1988. Gore, on the other hand, calmed down a lot from 1992 to 1996.

Although, I think a lot of that was because of a change in the debate format. No back and forth.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

They are small business owners in Alaska. He is in a cash business with his fishing business. They are up there in the middle of no where doing what they want. Can you imagine what their finances look like if examines close? I can just picture a $50,000 snow machine paid for in cash with no accounting for the money. They had a car wash where they never paid for licenses and their corporation was involuntarily dissolved. Their personal books must be a mess.

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I wished they had asked him why the McCain/Palin campaign will not release her tax returns.

I'm guessing it is because of the huge travel expenses she billed the state of Alaska for her husband Todd's travel- some $43,000- and he is not an employee of the state.

She also charged $17,000 for meals at home in Wasilla during the 316 days and nights she was away from her supposed "home of record" in the state capital, Juneau.

Not exactly the sign that she is a "reformer"

Posted by: Luke2 | October 2, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

John McCain belligerently claims that he has always been "100% honest."

Nonsense. In his own book, he admitted that he lied about the Confederate flag issue while trying to defeat George Bush in South Carolina in the 2000 primary.

He lies all the time. Everyone seems afraid to call him out on it because he will invariably invoke his prisoner of war experience.

I'm a veteran and can tell you that many of us are simply appalled by how he says he loves us, but then when a funding bill comes up which will give veterans better benefits, he invariably votes against it.

The press needs to start calling him out on his lies- then watch his head explode.

Posted by: Luke2 | October 2, 2008 2:56 AM | Report abuse

McCain suffers from arrogance disease and do a quick search and many psychological studies and books list out the causes, symptoms, behaviors, and profile of the person who has this disease, which is not curable and the Pope lists arrogance as an unforgiveable sin. This disease in itself is not against the law, and many people all over the world have this disease. My point is that these people do not care about others and they are all show to hide this and display an over concern for others when in a group or public setting.
This is a moral issue and for the office of President, McCain is a disaster for all Americans. Look up arrogance disease and then see if it matches McCain and then apply this to the office of President.

Posted by: radiantenergies | October 2, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

I wished they had asked him why the McCain/Palin campaign will not release her tax returns.

I'm guessing it is because of the huge travel expenses she billed the state of Alaska for her husband Todd's travel- some $43,000- and he is not an employee of the state.

She also charged $17,000 for meals at home in Wasilla during the 316 days and nights she was away from her supposed "home of record" in the state capital, Juneau.

Not exactly the sign that she is a "reformer"

Posted by: Luke2 | October 2, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Vodkapundit » Just Watch
Really, from Obama’s #2 position as benefactor of Fannie and Freddie receiving hundreds of thousands of lobbyist cash to former Fannie and Freddie “CEOs” advising the Obama campaign, if the McCain folks can’t construct a winning narrative out of that, then McCain/Palin doesn’t deserve to win. Sheesh. Obama’s not the answer, HE’S THE PROBLEM.
Political contributions from frannie & freddie received as follows:
D-Ct Chris Dodd, Chair of Senate Banking Comm. : $165,400.

D-Il Senator Barrack Obama in the senate a short 4 years and banked $126,349....
And in hus short tenure took more than none other than,

D-Mass John Kerry, in the senate decades and only received $111,000.

Posted by: xvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwx | October 2, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

I meant Quayle

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Watching the two debates Quail went from a deer in the headlights to incredibly arrogant.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Obviously Stockdale should not hold public office but he is sure the real deal as a man. He was a POW and a Medal of Honor winner. I met him once at the VFW and they don't come any better.


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Actually, watching the 1988 and 1992 debates back to back, Quayle has improved markedly.

I agree with Gore more, obviously, but wow, they were both very good debaters. Too bad Stockdale just got shut ouut.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Actually, watching the 1988 and 1992 debates back to back, Quayle has improved markedly.

I agree with Gore more, obviously, but wow, they were both very good debaters. Too bad Stockdale just got shut ouut.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain isn't the only one angry....

You owe it to yourself to hear how they stand and why.
Vodkapundit » Just Watch
More: Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

Posted by: xvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwx | October 2, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain isn't the only one angry....

You owe it to yourself to hear how they stand and why.
Vodkapundit » Just Watch
More: Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

Posted by: xvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwvwx | October 2, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

"I have been watching them all night. If they held debates like those now Biden would tear Palin to pieces."

Yeah, I remember the Gore-Quayle debate actually being much more animated than the Clinton-Bush ones. Gore was really tenacious back then.

But the best part of the debate was at the start when Gore said that "We need Change" "We can't take four more years of Bush"

Ah, so little has changed, haha.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

I have been watching them all night. If they held debates like those now Biden would tear Palin to pieces.

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If anyone is interested, Quayle - Gore - Stockdale debate from 1992 is on CSPAN2 right now.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

If anyone is interested, Quayle - Gore - Stockdale debate from 1992 is on CSPAN2 right now.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 2, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

There was no TV in 1935. There may have been a few sets around but there were no broadcast stations. If you had one of those primitive sets there would have been nothing to watch. Biden is really referring to news reels that you saw in the movie theaters. People have seen those old films so many times now on TV it is easy to forget they were never on TV originally. FDR was on the radio.

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I love how he has a go at Biden at the end there. Nevermind that Biden never mentioned "1929" when he was talking about the stock market crashing and FDR getting on TV to explain the situation. Two of the worst crashes occured during FDR's tenure as President (i.e. http://mutualfunds.about.com/cs/history/p/crash8.htm and http://mutualfunds.about.com/cs/history/p/crash2.htm) and yes, there were TV sets around then! (i.e. http://www.tvhistory.tv/1935-1941.htm)

Posted by: freetheUSA | October 1, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama is just another politician that will do or say whatever it takes to fulfill his political ambitions. Barack is calculated and methodical about hiding his true convictions and intentions, and uses deception to get elected.

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama had a 20 year association with his religious leader and priest Jeremiah Wright, who became Barack's idol and role model. Jeremiah married Barack and Michelle and baptized both their daughters. AND, we all remember the hideous videos of Jeremiah Wright’s congregation which included the Obamas, damning America with bombastic joy, after the Muslim’s criminal attack on America on 9/11.

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack's religious leader Jeremiah Wright used his tax-exempt church to exercise a radical political agenda, and he refers to Israel, as well as America, as a "racist" State. Theologically Barack's religious leader Jeremiah Wright believes that the true 'Chosen People' are the blacks; He believes that black values are superior to middle-class American values, and that blacks should isolate themselves from the wider American society.
 Indeed Barack's religious leader Jeremiah Wright is a black supremacist.

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama wants to be president to implement Jeremiah Wright’s dream of a black supremacist society in America.

The time is now!
For Americans of all political parties to come together to preserve the future of the country we love by voting for John McCain for President of the United States of America.

Country First!
Americans for John McCain/Sarah Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 2, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

McCain isn't the only one angry and war-like.

For the first time in American history and beginning October 1, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team "will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command (NorthCom), as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks."

Source: http://www.armytimes.com/...

For approximately the next sixteen months, they "may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack."

They have trained for this new "domestic deployment" for the past month in Fort Stewart, GA, and will even be coordinating with other branches of the Armed Services, including National Guard.

WHY? (Any journalists out there who could find it in their own interests to be just a little bit curious? Chris???)

Posted by: miraclestudies | October 2, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Gee, I wonder what Obama did with all that money? Till his book was is pretty much broke. He really doesn't have much of anything now. I guess he must have some Swiss bank account somewhere.


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IF ANYONE WANTS TO FIND OUT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS MESS, JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL!! The money trail leads to the pockets of Sen. Obama and top ranking Democrats.

Posted by: CoreyB2 | October 1, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 2, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

So what else is new! That's the way he is and always has been. I saw him get red in the face at, of all things, a Rotary meeting as far back as ten years ago. When you disagree with him you are either stupid or unpatriotic and when you argue with him he gets red in the face and gets sarcastic. But he always, always talks down to you.

Posted by: Opa2 | October 2, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: dejota | October 2, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Overall a good column, but I have to take exception to one paragraph: "McCain is at his best -- as he was during Friday's presidential debate -- when he is relaxed, confident and optimistic. He is at his worst -- as he was in the Register interview -- when he appears petty, small and sarcastic."

I think the majority of the people watched a different debate than you did Chris. What we saw was a man who radiated disdain towards Obama, who couldn't even seem to acknowledge him, and who exploded with a burst of sarcasm in his response about talks with Iran. The McCain that we saw last Friday was the same McCain we saw talking with the Des Moines Register. I believe we are watching the implosion of his campaign, and it's only going to get worse.

Posted by: lcaviness9 | October 2, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that he just sat there and bold-faced lied to the editorial board of a newspaper. Polls have shown that more than 50% of Americans are concerned about her experience. If he really believes that people all support her, except for some "beltway" cocktail types, then he really is out of touch with the people of this country.

I also have to note here that he included her being on "the PTA" as part of her political experience. His defense of her is going to sink him.

On an NPR interview today, McCain said that he has consulted Palin “many times” on foreign policy issues. He then said that he would “never listen” to the advice of Obama and Biden on foreign policy. Obama and Biden are both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden is the Chairman.

So he would “never listen” to the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but he would rely on the advice of a small state governor with less than 20 months of experience who can’t cite a newspaper that she reads regularly?

If that truly is the case, he is just as unqualified to be president as Palin.

He is embarassing himself, and insulting us all at the same time.

Posted by: Kathleen4 | October 1, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"Where's the anger? He answers the question is a very calm and certain manner. Why is there this attempt by the media to pain McCain as an angry man?"

Body language, dude. He is just GLARING at the reporter.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Gee John, where's your sense of humor?

Actually, it's one thing to worry about the Senator's temperament. However, it's another to have to wonder about his health.

Why has McCain refused to release his complete medical records.

To see the banned commercial that asks McCain to release his records, along with a more in-depth look at some of the dismal health facts we already know, go to:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/why-wont-john-mccain-release-his.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 1, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

IF ANYONE WANTS TO FIND OUT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS MESS, JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL!! The money trail leads to the pockets of Sen. Obama and top ranking Democrats.

Posted by: CoreyB2 | October 1, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

SEN. MCCAIN WAS LIKE A FATHER PROTECTING HIS DAUGHTER!! But you are right CC, he has to maintain proper facade.

* CC, if you want to show fairness, I suggest that you also write an article showing how "Chief deep throat" Obama was rain dancing around America yelling the sky is falling, the sky is falling after the financial and banking institutions were going bankrupt!!! How cool and presidential was Sen. Obama then?

* It would also be good if you can do an article about the yelling, intimidation, and a few times crying by Sen. "emotionally unstable" Biden.

Posted by: CoreyB2 | October 1, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Next up in McCain ads will be race innuendos.
More reverend Wright garbage.
You tube videos for especially disgusting racial hatred.
Attacks on Obama's wife.

McCain has shown that there is nothing that he will not do, nothing he will not say to get elected.

Campaign First, Country Last.

Posted by: schmuckduck | October 1, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I love how he has a go at Biden at the end there. Nevermind that Biden never mentioned "1929" when he was talking about the stock market crashing and FDR getting on TV to explain the situation. Two of the worst crashes occured during FDR's tenure as President (i.e. http://mutualfunds.about.com/cs/history/p/crash8.htm and http://mutualfunds.about.com/cs/history/p/crash2.htm) and yes, there were TV sets around then! (i.e. http://www.tvhistory.tv/1935-1941.htm)

Posted by: freetheUSA | October 1, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Given the Bush-created mess that the next President will inherit, do we want do elect a Jekyll & Hydefor President? Either he's always had a split personality or he's going senile, either way, he's not a suitable candidate for the Presidency in the 21st Century.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | October 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Chill a little, AsperGirl. Mix it up in the blogs and expect someone to hit frappe occasionally.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Did McCain really say at the end of this interview that Roosevelt never addressed the nation on TV? Didn't FDR die in 1945? How many americans owned a TV back then? What was his point?

Posted by: Buddy2 | October 1, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame McCain getting pi**ed off at all the one-sided questions he's being asked by all the in-the-tank-to-get-Obama-elected Democratic Socialist operatives who laughably still call themselves 'journalists'. These so-called 'journalists' have given that job-description up long ago. If these shills-for-Obama had any integrety and still had a honest claim to the title of being a journalist left, they'd ask Barack Obama about his racist 20+ year membership in that vile racist white--hating and America--hating church Trinity; why he stayed a member and supporter for 20+ years; his close ties to that racist white and America--hating preacher Jerimiah Wright Jr.; why he sat there in his front row pew every Sunday for 20+ years listening to the vile racist white--hating and America--hating sermons of Wright and not make a peep; his close ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (who has strongly endorsed him for president and has urged his followers to vote for him); his close ties to America--hater Michael Pfleger and Farrakhan/Wright clone Otis Moss 3d, the new racist preacher; his close ties to America--hating terrorist Bill Ayres; why he took his two daughters to this racist church to be brainwashed and indoctrinated every Sunday for their entire lives; how come his wife Michelle's salary was tripled right after he got elected; his sweetheart deal mortgage that got him his mansion from convicted swindler and slumlord Tony Retzko, and much, much more. The in-the-tank-for-Obama MSM never asks him anything that might damage his chances to become president, and yet McCain, Palin and every Republican is grilled to the max on things going back to when they were teenagers.

Posted by: armpeg | October 1, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

"Bill Clinton is the person behind the housing mess."

No, No, everyone knows it was Jimmy Carter!

Jimmy Carter? Jimmy Carter? It was FDR if it was anyone!

No, it's them Communists, I tell you!

Yeah, the Communists! And them black latino illegal immigrant liberation theology islamic catholic jew homosexual urban tree-huggers!

The ones that drink lattes? Heck yeah, all of them!

[Certainly not the Party that has been in charge of our country for the last eight years. I mean, that would be really far-fetched, wouldn't it?]

Posted by: nodebris | October 1, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

How about Democrats express what we stand for?

I'll tell you what I stand for.

I am in favor of free markets. The alternative is a "command economy" in which people in government tell you what to do.

In a command economy, tests show that you're highly skilled at programming computers. But you know in your heart that you've always wanted to cook, and you spent 4 years in the army cooking.

In a command economy, you program computer, or else. In a free market, you find someone who believes in you, and you start a business.

I stand for free markets. I stand for an economy in which the only time government messes with free markets is when government messing is necessary to keep the markets free.

What else is a Democrat?

A Democrat pays special attention to the needs of the least priveleged.

This is not to say that a Democrat favors paying people to sit on their butts. Bill Clinton put that old chestnut to rest when he retired "welfare" as it had been known before he was president.

Were I to go on any longer I would lose the 1/2 of 1 reader whose interest I've retained so far, but let me toss in a hand grenade - a Democrat believes in supporting our allies with all our lives and all our might, but not in making trouble where none need be made.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

He shows all the charm of a guy with a bad cold who opens up your fridge and drinks directly from the containers.

What a sore loser.

Posted by: somerseten | October 1, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I think McC's pique is showing.

Aspergirl has suggested that Parker, who styles herself a conservative, is not, based on her recent columns.

I post a link to all Parker's recent columns for all of you to read at your leisure. I personally do not care what Parker is, but some of you may.

http://townhall.com/columnists/kathleenparker/archive.shtml

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 1, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain, if you want my vote then, yes, you will answer questions (or drop out and stop wasting my time as well).

I worry that his campaign will continue the practice of the Bush administration, if elected, to answer what they want and cast all others out as 'unpatriotic' for questioning the 'leaders' of this country.

The days of the Bush/Cheney administration are coming to an end. You will answer to the people of this country.

Posted by: ssanford00 | October 1, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl wrote, "Sorry. Thought you were someone I knew in real life I almost arranged to go see that Navy game with. LOL. You probably know him if you're going to that game."

Must've been a weird coincidence, as I don't know anyone going to the game. No apologies required!

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I watched much of the interview with the Register and McCain was certainly channeling the Bush/Cheney approach of 'no I will not respond substantively to the question; I will reject it as invalid and be as hostile as I can get away with.' Given how much of communication is nonverbal, it is eminently fair to assess his nonverbal behavior which was extremely hostile and angry. He was stonewalling in the fine tradition of our current administration. Eight more years indeed.

Posted by: albanyCA | October 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"It's becoming more obvious every day that this has been a big waste."

It has been obvious to everyone else from day one that you were wasting your time.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 1, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, don't be too harsh in judging McCain. He is an old man and deserves to be cut some slack for losing his temper after a bad and stressful week.

Maybe he'll nuke Georgetown when he's president!

Posted by: quatzecoutl | October 1, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

In addition to the McCain campaign, the republican party has completely fractured and fallen apart. There is no one leading the party and we're watching a historic political implosion.

And when the postmortems of the McCain campaign are published in December (the ones I'm looking forward to would be by Josh Green at The Atlantic Monthly and John Ibbitson of the Toronto Globe and Mail), the single greatest factor resulting in the loss will be McCain's dangerous and cynical choice of Gov. Palin as his VP. Second will be the constant blunders, blusters, misstatements and mismanagement by McCain and his graduates of the Karl Rove School of Politics. The man has surrounded himself with incompetence, cronies, and probably crooks.

It's over. All we're watching now is to see how big Obama's margin of victory will be on Nov 4.

Republicans are going to be out of power for a generation.

Posted by: dastubbs | October 1, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

"I am a 54 year old poster from Pittsburgh, I don't know you from Adam, and you don't know me from Eve."

"No more banter will be forthcoming. I wish you the best."

Posted by: officermancuso

Sorry. Thought you were someone I knew in real life I almost arranged to go see that Navy game with. LOL. You probably know him if you're going to that game.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

"Politicus08 - AsperGirl, aka Dianne72, is a toxic *paid* blogger* from our Swift Boat friends. She and her hysterical comments, her racism, and he many outright lies about her life and what she is, has done more to sink McCain than anything else I can think of. The once great warrior was somehow convinced to entrust his fate into the hands of thousands of these NeoCon nut cases and they wrecked both him and his campaign. If McCain has any brains he will dump her and all like her, they are embarrassing fanatics, and engage in a series of fireside chats sans the NeoCon economic advisors, addressing the concerns of ordinary working people. If he stays on the present course, the election will be a blowout. Th really good news is, very very soon, we wont be putting up with "her" anymore in the near future."

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 1, 2008 7:43 PM

What a weirdo you are with your elaborate theories about me. I'm not even a Republican. And you have me merged, in your imagination, with every Obama-hater on the site.

Your insane chatter about 30 percent unemployment shows what absurd looney ideas you have.

There are no "mathematical models" that would deliver useful information. The only models that would project national unemployment with any degree of interest would be those that are largely empirical.

"Sigh". What trashy, stupid freaks you all are.

Very hard to pay attention to these posters since all this economic Mexican standoff stuff started in the past week or so. You could have the sun going supernova and you'd all be clueless and bickering, trying to score points on opposition. Like Nancy Pelosi who couldn't stop her partisan ranting on the floor of the House on the morning of a vote she was trying to claim as a bipartisan leadership triumph led by Democrats.

Ugh.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl wrote, "I only get experience slumming with losers and political weirdos on this board, learning how they think and argue, and if you are lurking here I'd never hang out with you in real life."

AsperGirl, I'm sorry. All I meant to do was to add some fun banter to comments here.

I am a 54 year old poster from Pittsburgh, I don't know you from Adam, and you don't know me from Eve.

No more banter will be forthcoming. I wish you the best.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain claims legislation designed to teach young children how to recognize sexual predators was really comprehensive sex education including stds and birth control. The bill expressly says that all material was to be age appropriate. Planned parenthood has determined McCain's claims to be false. Still, he persists in his attacks during the Des Moines Register interview.
McCain disingenuous and reprehensible behavior brings to mind what Bush's campaign did to him with claims that McCain's adopted Bangladeshi daughter was really his natural offspring.
McCain and his campaign are corrupt. There is no honor in what he does.

Posted by: schmuckduck | October 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"AsperGirl wrote, "Kathleen Parker is a liar and posturing freak. She was never a good reporter and she's a liar now, pretending she ever supported McCain when she's had it in for him for months."

"LOL. I guess this means our date for the Pitt/Navy game at Annapolis on the 18'th is off. (OK, I made that up). There's still hope, though - we could get a Carville/Matalin thing going."

"...So are we on for the Pitt game?"

Posted by: officermancuso

Who is this? Is this Bud?

(1) I never made a date for that Pitt game, (2) it would have been just as friends if I did go, and finally (3) if this is that person, I certainly wouldn't go with you now because I think it's creepy if you tracked me here onto this board.

I only get experience slumming with losers and political weirdos on this board, learning how they think and argue, and if you are lurking here I'd never hang out with you in real life.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

"Wow... you call this news? You libs are lovin' this "gotcha" journalism!!!"

Can we please drop this stupidity? This is one of the Republicans' weakest talking points, and anyone that uses it for no reason makes the rest of their argument look stupid.

"Gotcha journalism" would be when you quiz a candidate on some obscure foreign leader or conflict.

Asking basic relevant questions about the campaign is not 'gotcha journalism'. It's responsible coverage, and it's something we really need done to all candidates.

Posted by: HillMan | October 1, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"I love when Aspergirl responds to a critical comment by writing "I will not be responding to you anymore" or "Don't talk to me." It's a surefire way to know that you have gotten under her skin."

"If you can get under those immense folds of Asper skin, bravo. Sad, increasingly shrill and flailing attacks - if she grew a pair and some jowls, she would be Senator McCain. McAsperCain, fighting mad and madly fighting!!"

Posted by: LABC | October 1, 2008 8:08 PM

It's infuriating to me that you're all still doing this inane posture-over-reporters-posturing while the senate votes on this disaster.

It's proof how stupid and pointless you are and this board is. What a waste of time.

Wasting time on stupid trash.

It's been very difficult to try to pay attention to the politics blogs in the past few days, with the more important stuff going on. Now, it's becoming more and more obvious how stupid and pointless most of the political-focused people are. You're all about as self-aware and relevant as those people who phone into America idol repeatedly every week.

It's becoming more obvious every day that this has been a big waste. What a nation of sheep... it's much worse than the Iraq War blank check. You have no idea what's really going down with this bailout. You just sit here chattering spin day after day.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, the rats in the Senate ignored us and voting to give Wall Street a truck load of cash with virtually no oversight. Make a list of those who sided with the corporate and financial sector swine, with the NeoCon socialists, against us...and DO NOT give them your vote.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 1, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

stephanhokanson at 8:42 wrote, "Full disclosure: Obama's my candidate, but I have to agree with egc52556. He may have been annoyed with the line of questioning, but I think McCain was controlled and civil."

When I see people posting against what you would expect them to post, I take heart, because what most disappoints me in USA politics recently is the disappearance of civility.

So after reading stephan's post I listened again to the tape, and I think stephan's right, "McCain was controlled and civil."

Also worth noting: start a file, if you will, recording every incidence of a commenter criticizing Chris Cillizza. Note the commenter's bias (which is *always* clear in these comments).

As best I can tell, Chris has about a 50/50 ratio of Democrats and Republicans who think he's biased against them (or worse, part of a conspiracy). That's a recommendation of journalistic integrity in my book.

I am for Obama, second. I am for "We are all Americans, practically neighbors" first.

Thanks, stephanhokanson, and thanks Chris.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

coloradodog - The mathematical model has unemployment running between 20 and 30 percent by next spring. You can count on virtually everyone in the private sector as going completely without medical insurance. It will spread from there to the public sector, where they will be forced to accept benefit cuts, pay cuts, and enormous layoffs. By this time next year, I think you will see the uninsured close to 150 million, maybe as high as 200 million. What really sucks about this is, when we will need to some sort federal support to provide basic services for those millions of suffering citizens, we will look back on this "bailout" as having blown the money that could have provided that safety net. The next President and Congress will be face with either letting us sink into anarchy or printing money and courting suicidal inflation. We are going to look an awful lot like post World War I Germany, thanks to our hack leaders and their placing Wall Street crooks and corporate swine above ordinary voters. Remember this, all of it, when that time comes, and get angry. Really angry. Angry enough to rip this country apart, call for national strikes, put millions of people on the Streets of Washington and New York, raise hell, until things change to benefit ordinary voters.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 1, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree he was irritated with the line of questioning (after already answering the same question twice), but I agree with the other users that this sounds like the MSM trying to make a story out of nothing.

The issues aren't sensational so issues aren't covered by the MSM (or lately this blog).

And before the you jump on me as a GOP plant I voted for Obama in the primary and plan to vote for him again in November.

Posted by: TripMcNeely | October 1, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is so transparent now that he is turning off some of his most loyal supporters for those ads he is running against Obama.If anyone beleives these ads
than I must assume that they are determined to go with the same old same that we had for the last eight years of George Bush..Because 'they are republicans first and foremost, ALWAYS even if it means going down with the ship. These same people will be suffering from what the last eight years has brought down on every American, Now with the Fannie May and Freddie Mac meltdown that is so glaringly clear who,s fault we can lay the blame..The present administration and its policies for every climbing up on backs to reach the top for their own gain of Greed and horde of the booty,that anyone who gets burned along the way isn,t their concern as long as a buck was made in any conceivable way,to their achievment. they don,t teach this or have anything to offer when they dupe the buyers into these deals that is bound to hurt someone down the line in bad morgages and interest rates that keep climbing until houses that are built on loans are after awhile to expensive for the average person to offord..they know this, and kept shoveling the s*** on until there was no more room to turn and now the big CEO,s want to have the taxpayers carry the burden? while they get back into the driver,s seat for more scheming and deiceving?
If McCain and Palin recover from this diabolical truth and are elected ..I will seriously consider that the whole thing is *connected* with power the republicans wield with money whoe,s 'Origin, is tied up with the same partners;Corporation allied that is bankrupting America through lost of jobs and making us on *one* level and a highest level or dictatorship over the masses. Think about your children.s future when you vote and know that you want the best for them with the known fact that America,s best pulled themselves upby their own bootstrap when the going got rough..because we are not a lazy nation by demonstration of the great depression and will prove it once again if, we the people can have jobs that will carry our heads high once again on THIS SOIL.
Vote for someone who will work for the Ameican people.
Vote Obama.

Posted by: grdn_nell | October 1, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton is the person behind the housing mess. When Bush took over,every one knew, it needs a extra ordinary President to do that job. Poor chap he could only drag and congress wants to put the blame on Bush and end his chapter...

Posted by: paulmatjeski1 | October 1, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Mac's mad because he just read the latest poll numbers posted on jdawg1077's diary on DailyKos. You'd be angry, too:

"New TIME/CNN Battleground Polls - Obama up BIG
by jdawg1077
Wed Oct 01, 2008 at 01:18:12 PM PDT
FLORIDA: Obama 51, McCain 47
MINNESOTA: Obama 54, McCain 43
MISSOURI: Obama 49, McCain 48
NEVADA: Obama 51, McCain 47
VIRGINIA: Obama 53, McCain 44

Sorry for the lousy nature of the diary, but this is all the info I have, per The Page. But I was just so excited that I couldn't help myself.

UPDATE:

http://apnews.myway.com//article/200...

AP now has Obama up by 7, 48-41% in a national poll."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 1, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain reminds me of the ageing "knight of pathetic countenance" Don Quixote who insanely goes out to battle windmills he imagines to be enemies. His even more ludicrous sidekick Sancho Pansa is of course Sarah Palin who cluelessly follows him around the countryside.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | October 1, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Where's the anger? He answers the question is a very calm and certain manner. Why is there this attempt by the media to pain McCain as an angry man?

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awAustin: Seemed like (somewhat) controlled rage to me...

Posted by: LKP17 | October 1, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Aspergirl isn't one of the 45 million Americans without health insurance. She definitely needs urgent medical care (or at least a bottle of Midol)

Posted by: coloradodog | October 1, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Raise your hand if you're surprised by this. McCain has shown himself to be reckless, stubborn, and now just plain mean. To think I used to actually respect this guy...

Posted by: johngmd | October 1, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Watch the movie Spiderwick. McCain is exactly like the mythical character Thimbletack, a verbose and quaint brownie who turns into a raging other creature when he is angry or irritable.

His judgment in letting the Rovian Bush thugs now controlling him and his campaign to choose the inexperienced and intolerant evangelical Palin to pander for neochristian votes is irresponsible and his temperament is dangerous as well.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 1, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

What are these labels the media is attempting to place on McCain - Report the news - stop with the nasty labels.


So Obama is not angry - he and Michele are angry about the Jim Crow Era - they went to a hate-filled Racist church for years - there must be a great deal of anger there.


Angry Liberals - they are angry at George Bush, angry at the war, angry about Al Gore - talk about twisted angry people with a short fuse - try talking to a liberal the day after a good poll comes out for McCain.


Tell a liberal that McCain is going to win, see an angry person transform into a hydra.


The Liberals are angry. McCain is pretty happy right now. I am happy. The Conservatives are happy.

.

Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 1, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call him an angry warrior. Just an angry old man. And a foolish liar at that.

Posted by: havok26 | October 1, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Full disclosure: Obama's my candidate, but I have to agree with egc52556. He may have been annoyed with the line of questioning, but I think McCain was controlled and civil.

Posted by: stephanhokanson | October 1, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Phew, McNasty looked like he wanted to waste the interviewer. He looked like a homicidal Dick Cheney.

Posted by: schmuckduck | October 1, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"Aspergirl - how come no more cherry-picking of polls? Oh yeah - there are very few left showing McStupid/Gomer in the lead. Even FOX News polls are showing Obama/Biden running away with this one."
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There aren't any polls showing Mac ahead or even tied -- not a one. Some show O ahead by as many as 10 (Daily Kos). The electoral maps are through the roof since O's taking all the battleground states, VA, NC, OH, PA, FL, by numbers outside the margin of error.

And the Sunday NY Post's psychological analysis of why Bitter Bill Clinton was campaigning so hard AGAINST O apparently got to Bill.

In the Post piece, writer Nick Gillespie kind of begged for an emergency intervention to help Bitter Bill. And I guess Bill got one (and, no, not by Dolly Kyle Browning, this is serious).

Bill actually gave a speech today where he mentioned O and said something good about him. And this time no mention by Bitter Bill of the missus's 127 tired and bogus grievances against, okay, let's run through them: O, the system, "the Man," Bill Richardson, Patti Solis Doyle, Keith Olbermann, men in general, Maureen Dowd, Chris Matthews, the entire state of Iowa, and, above all, the guy in the front row who four months ago yelled at HRC to iron his shirt.

Bitter Bill must be moving around a lot faster these days now that he's shed all that Hillarian baggage.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 1, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe wrote, "Then of course there's Pulitzer Prize winner Maureen Dowd getting kicked off Mac's plane for committing...journalism. Her being kicked off was apparently okay with the rest of the media lemmings who got back on Mac's plane rather than stand with MoDo in solidarity with a fellow journalist. Pathetic."

Joe, you're the first person who's ever tempted me to vote for John McCain.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

WELL WELL !!! WHERE ARE THE BIG MOUTH...

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 1, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Where's the anger? He answers the question is a very calm and certain manner. Why is there this attempt by the media to pain McCain as an angry man?

Posted by: AWAustin | October 1, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

WHERE ARE THEY?

Posted by: fu_buki | October 1, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I love when Aspergirl responds to a critical comment by writing "I will not be responding to you anymore" or "Don't talk to me." It's a surefire way to know that you have gotten under her skin.

Aspergirl - how come no more cherry-picking of polls? Oh yeah - there are very few left showing McStupid/Gomer in the lead. Even FOX News polls are showing Obama/Biden running away with this one.

If I were you, I would extrapolate the GOP's 30 point lead in Alaska into a 30 point lead across the board. That's 3 electoral votes you can count on!

HA HA HA HA HA!

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LOL!!!

If you can get under those immense folds of Asper skin, bravo. Sad, increasingly shrill and flailing attacks - if she grew a pair and some jowls, she would be Senator McCain. McAsperCain, fighting mad and madly fighting!!

Posted by: LABC | October 1, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

“Investors Pulling Billions Out of U.S. Stock Markets” - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/01/AR2008100100811.html?hpid=topnews

This is the next step. Not in the headline is a panicky flight of foreign capital from Treasury notes and government bonds. Early next week the dollar begins it's death spiral. OPEC will be meeting and will switch to the Euro from the dollar. That is going to make this weeks crash look like a minor correction. And, I might note, if Congress votes a bailout package now, it will exacerbate the crash. The mathematical model is quite clear, all of this, every bit of it, is due to "free trade": outsourcing jobs and guest workers, especially all of those Indian and Chinese technology sector jobs and knowledge gone. From now on, we get a series of crashes, followed by delussional stock market recoveries until January, when it all falls apart.

So, all of you cheerleaders for both sides, the candidates, both of them, are listening more to Wall Street than they are to YOU and ME. The calls to the Senate and Congress are running more than 100 to 1 in opposition to a bailout. So, if America is back, why are the politician's ignoring us and out interests?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 1, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

mykolas1 wrote, "He has sworn at probably as many Republicans as he has Democrats."

Good point. I want to go on and say, "It shows both his appeal to voters and his unsuitability to the presidency", but I think I won't say that.

A president ready to swear at members of both parties might be just the thing about now.

I'm still wholeheartedly for Obama. I guess it comes down to this: I don't want a president who will swear at foreign leaders when he's crossed.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

John McCain, mean. Ha. He's got a freak out temper just like me. And I sure as hell know I couldn't be President. The one thing McCain had going for him was the press and he managed to screw that up to. He sank his own campaign with all his lying stupid ad's then he blames the press for his troubles. Did you ever see this 50 second ad of his campaign guy complaining to the press and a little baby crying in the back ground. Man it's funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HabIoeqzL40

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 1, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

A red-faced, teeth-gritting Mac goes off on [fill in practically anyone]. Where's the news here?

What IS news are the ugly personal attacks attack on journalist Gwen Ifill in an attempt to intimidate her into not asking hard questions of Palin tomorrow.

One Mac surrogate on TV even warned Ifill not to ask many foreign policy questions of Mrs. P -- or else.

What junk is this? First, it's: media, you can't ask Palin any questions whatsoever, a total moratorium.

Then Mac gets mad because a TV entertainer named Couric stumps Palin by asking her the brain buster, "What newspapers do you read?" She gave Palin two or three tries to answer and then gave up. Pathetic.

Then of course there's Pulitzer Prize winner Maureen Dowd getting kicked off Mac's plane for committing...journalism. Her being kicked off was apparently okay with the rest of the media lemmings who got back on Mac's plane rather than stand with MoDo in solidarity with a fellow journalist. Pathetic.

So now if tomorrow Ifill asks Palin anything more than "What's your sign?" Ifill is a bad guy.

To paraphrase Richard Clarke, the media has failed us.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 1, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I would say McCain is losing it, but sadly this is his permanent state of mind. He simply lacks the temperament to be president.

Posted by: smc91 | October 1, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

For excellent examples of McCain's major anger issues, watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWpV8AbOocU

He has sworn at probably as many Republicans as he has Democrats.

Posted by: mykolas1 | October 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/impulsively-unreflective-duo-incrisis.html

Monday, September 29, 2008
The Impulsively Unreflective Duo In..."Crisis on Wall Street!"

The Impulsively Unreflective Duo In:

Crisis on Wall Street!

John McCain is leaning back in a chair in his office in the Fortress of Irritability. An aide is carrying in a map of Spain when the Macphone rings.

McCain (answering): Fire Cox! Send him to Yugoslavia! Hello?

Hank Paulson (on other end of line): John, it's Hank. We are here in the Capitol. Every financial expert is assembled here, John. We have consulted every master, conferred with the widest and most informed authorities, asked every adept. We need you, John, you, with your mastery of financial expertise, to arrive at the door of our ineptitude and help us find an answer.

John, you must...suspend the campaign.

McCain: Suspend the campaign? But...the people need need my expert advice here, Hank. (Aide is unfolding the map on a table, circling Spain in red, and writing in large bold letters "Not Czechoslovakia"). They need me here. Where my acts can matter most. In...In...(pauses)

Aide: The Fortress, Sir.

McCain: The Fortress, Hank. I can't just sit up and say "I suspend my campaign." That would look to anyone like the most clear act of political pandering, why, it's just...just...

The "I" on his chest lights up and begins to blink.

McCain: I'll do it!

Hank: That's wonderful, John. We'll see you...

McCain: (Standing up, cape waving behind him) In a moment!

Aide: (to McCain): But who will man the fortress?

McCain walks to secret bookshelf. Removes book entitled "Courage". The bookshelf magically spins, revealing a grey vault. McCain turns the combination lock.

McCain: 21...72...23...skidoo...Drat! (starting again) 21...90...I'm sure that I disagreed with President Bush a lot of the time, Senator Obama! (pauses).

Aide: Let me help you with that, Sir (quickly turns the lock left, right and left. The door of the vault slowly opens, with the sound of a vacuum seal.

This reveals a large auditorium, filled with advisers, cameras, and teleprompters. Over loudspeakers, a voice is filling the hall with sound: "The capital of Iraq is...Baghdad. Bagh...dad. The capital of Iran is..."

On the stage is Sarah Palin. She is holding a college text entitled "World Geography".

Palin: Ooooh. I know this one.

An adviser is standing to her right.

Adviser: Take your time, Sarah. Remember--think before you talk.

Palin: I know, I know. Can't I just say "A place that is deserving of our freedoms"?

Adviser: We've been over this before, Sarah. Remember--"Specific is terrific!"

Palin: Specific is terrific. Specific is terrific.

She shuffles her index cards and the loudspeakers intone..."The capital of Iran is...Tehran. Teh...ran."

Palin: Oooooh. They sound so much the same! Iran, Tehran. That's why I can't remember!

As McCain, hands on hips, cape waving, enters the auditorium.

McCain: Sarah.

Palin: Mr. McCain!

Both of their "I"s blink briefly.

McCain: Sarah, I want you to watch the Fortress until I return. I have a very important mission. About Wall Street.

Palin (to adviser): But I thought Mr. Reagan told Mr. Gorbachev to 'tear down that wall!'

Adviser slowly shakes head.

Palin: But...can't I come on this mission, Mr. McCain? Please? I just know I could help!

McCain: Well, I think that a largely unprepared economic novice, struggling to comprehend concepts that are confounding the most experienced and educated authorities in the area...

Both McCain's and Palin's "I"s blink brightly.

McCain: ...Is just what this market needs! Let's go, Sarah! To the rescue!

Sarah: To the rescue, Mr. McCain!

NEXT EPISODE: The Evil Katie-Woman endangers Palin with a hypnotic confusion device...Questions! Can Sarah resist their terrible power?

Coming this week! On...

The Impulsively Unreflective Duo!

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/impulsively-unreflective-duo-incrisis.html

Posted by: caraprado1 | October 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Everytime he opens his mouth, his true colors shine through. Keep talking McCain.

America will see you for who you are and Thank God will not give the GOP another 8 yrs.

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | October 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

This man is dangerous. He's reckless, impulsive, he panics easily, he's mentally damaged from years of repressed PTSD. The seething anger, just below the surface will explode. People who've seen it say it's ugly. I wouldn't want hi finger anywhere near "the button" when it happens.

How dare they question his un-vetted pick for VP? She's experienced, she was on the PTA!! He was so angry that he had to stand on the same stage with Obama that he couldn't even look at him.

There are a dozen senators who have warned about hot-head McCain. We should heed their warnings and take a very close look. I think he's damaged goods.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl wrote, "Kathleen Parker is a liar and posturing freak. She was never a good reporter and she's a liar now, pretending she ever supported McCain when she's had it in for him for months."

LOL. I guess this means our date for the Pitt/Navy game at Annapolis on the 18'th is off. (OK, I made that up). There's still hope, though - we could get a Carville/Matalin thing going.

Parker's never been endeared to McCain - no principled conservative likes him except in comparison to Obama. She's certainly not a liar. And she's bold enough to speak up for women in an important way - putting such a transparently unqualified woman on stage in search of identity votes is every bit as demeaning as the bathing suit part of beauty contests.

How about Schwarzenegger/Palin? That'd really be a pair.

So are we on for the Pitt game?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I love when Aspergirl responds to a critical comment by writing "I will not be responding to you anymore" or "Don't talk to me." It's a surefire way to know that you have gotten under her skin.

Aspergirl - how come no more cherry-picking of polls? Oh yeah - there are very few left showing McStupid/Gomer in the lead. Even FOX News polls are showing Obama/Biden running away with this one.

If I were you, I would extrapolate the GOP's 30 point lead in Alaska into a 30 point lead across the board. That's 3 electoral votes you can count on!

HA HA HA HA HA!

Posted by: bondjedi | October 1, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain is at his best -- as he was during Friday's presidential debate -- when he is relaxed, confident and optimistic. He is at his worst -- as he was in the Register interview -- when he appears petty, small and sarcastic.

He seemed petty, small and sarcastic at the debate as well. McCain is unfit to serve. This country deserves better.

Posted by: Russell4America | October 1, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

GOOD NEWS!!!

Posted by: fu_buki | October 1, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Reposting.....

Clearly the man can’t Straight Talk at all. Rather he is running on the Lying with a Straight Face Express. And Sara is the hood ornament. Good luck John, in trying to keep the real you under wraps to the bitter end of this contest. You raised the temperature all by yourself, so this lobster will cook in his own stews. With a garnishing of Palin.

The comments about the media being on Obama's side are wearing real thin too. More than 50% of the voters support Obama, even more likely, given the polls are missing those with cell phones and probably do not take into account all the new just registered voters that are being signed up by the millions. I think maybe even more will by voting day.

A good deal of the press is supportive of Obama's views and his abilities, maybe just because they are becoming more and more evident. I think the press is able to give a fair and balanced perspecitve. That is what it is for. Fair and balanced in not necessarily quoting what "he said" versus what "she said". Especially when the one side will say anything with that in mind with a view to balance out the other side. What they say is not limited by truth, justice and the American way.

And more voters and press and well, even Republicans are seeing the real McCain (as opposed to the real McCoy).

It seems to me that maybe, just maybe, the press is right? The voters are right? And guess who might be wrong....

Posted by: paulstewart | October 1, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The Conservative Movement is dead.

America is back!


Posted by: bobnsri | October 1, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the man can’t Straight Talk at all. Rather he is running on the Lying with a Straight Face Express. And Sara is the hood ornament. Good luck John, in trying to keep the real you under wraps to the bitter end of this contest. You raised the temperature all by yourself, so this lobster will cook in his own stews. With a garnishing of Palin.

The comments about the media being on Obama's side are wearing real thin too. More than 50% of the voters, even more likely, given the polls are missing those with cell phones and probably do not take into account all the new just registered voters that are being signed up by the millions. A good deal of the press is supportive of Obama's views and his abilities, which are becoming more and more evident. And more are seeing the real McCain (as opposed to the real McCoy). It seems to me that maybe, just maybe, the press is right? The voters are right? And guess who might be wrong....

Posted by: paulstewart | October 1, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Politicus08 - AsperGirl, aka Dianne72, is a toxic *paid* blogger* from our Swift Boat friends. She and her hysterical comments, her racism, and he many outright lies about her life and what she is, has done more to sink McCain than anything else I can think of. The once great warrior was somehow convinced to entrust his fate into the hands of thousands of these NeoCon nut cases and they wrecked both him and his campaign. If McCain has any brains he will dump her and all like her, they are embarrassing fanatics, and engage in a series of fireside chats sans the NeoCon economic advisors, addressing the concerns of ordinary working people. If he stays on the present course, the election will be a blowout. Th really good news is, very very soon, we wont be putting up with "her" anymore in the near future.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Er, ok, McCain seduced the reporters on a bus in 2000. The love children, if any, are eight, not twenty eight years old.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I believe that John McCain's temperament was a well-known issue long before he seduced some reporters on a bus in 1980. If I'm not mistaken, quite a few former Senate staffers could testify in that regard.

His "game-changing" VP pick has become a millstone around his neck, and he's getting grumpy about it.

I'm not sure what is the most ridiculous line I've heard from McCain in '08, but his claim that Palin's dimwitted contradiction of his position on U.S. attacks across Pakistan's border resulted from media henpecking is in my top five list.

John McCain is going down, fast. He's earned it the hard way. He's represented a bankrupt party badly.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 1, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Good comments, Chris, except I think McCain was showing signs of irritability in the debate, as well. I think that is why Obama ended up getting a poll bounce from the debate - body language, tone, graciousness.

Obama's intangibles were positive and McCain's were negative. He wouldn't look at Obama and was caught laughing and sneering several times while Obama spoke.

John McCain is losing it as his gimmicks don't work and his campaign fades away.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | October 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

And a +11 in Minnesota.

If Obama takes Minnesota, that puts him at 269. It's over.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

WELL WELL!!!

Posted by: fu_buki | October 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl! Chill! Your comments are getting more and more strident as McFlame drops in the polls. Is your happy ride over?

Posted by: Politicus08 | October 1, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Today Mccain after a speech wandered around the stage not able to find the steps he had just come up by minutes earlier. He actually almost walked into the flags behind him. Finally someone came to his aid and helped him off the stage. I believe that kind of stuff gets disguised by his wife who is usually at his side. Today he was on his own. He was luckey he didn't fall off the stage like Bob Dole did a few years ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWib8GbrIlA


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McCain may still suffer from PTSD and certainly presents dementia.

The two weeks he has presented schizophrenia. So has his campaign managers.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | October 1, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 1, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Nothing new in the outburst of John McCain at the Des Moine Register interview. This is the grumpy, nasty man that he is and always has been.

The man suffers from POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, plus a me first only little man complex. His political shelf life is over.

His biggest mistake was to cave to the evangelical conservative wing of the party by selecting Palin. Has he not forgotten that these people condemned him in 2000. Once he did that move, he forever extinguished John McCain the independent maverick.

He can spend the final years of his life reviewing in his mind this final campaign, as the high school quarterback who fumbles the ball on the one yard line and loses the homecoming game.

What goes around comes around John. We are all products of our thoughts, words, deeds and action. Yours has always been about yourself.

America doesn't want or need you.

Posted by: COWENS99 | October 1, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I once remembered hearing that the Republican Party was "a big tent party". I thought you could be a conservative and yet disagree with decisions made by the top of your ticket. Some within the Republican camp are clearly worried about the choice of Governor Palin as the VP as a sop to the conservative base that may be reckless.

Calling the fact that you can see Russia from the other side of the Bering Straits "foreign policy experience" was not the wisest thing to do. Being kept under wraps and almost under constant watch because when you, a new politician in the national arena, act like deer in front of headlights when asked something more than softball questions and then need the top of your ticket to come to your rescue. The Vice Presidential candidate is your chief surrogate in an election campaign. Your job is to be the main cheerleader without outshining the head of the ticket. She should be the one defending McCain, not the one defended by McCain.

Yes, Joe Biden has screwed up on the campaign trail. However, he has not been kept completely under wraps. He gives interviews to mainly local newspapers, but at least he is giving them. Apart from Sean Hannity, Charles Wilson, and Katie Couric, Ms. Palin has lived in an almost total media blackout.

People say that Obama has been treated with kid gloves. This is the guy who had to fight the Democratic Primary to the bitter end, while his counterpart had four months to get ready for the next round. Come on! Instead why do those who wholeheartedly support Senator McCain, that perhaps he has made some major tactical and strategic mistakes that may, MAY cost him the election?

Posted by: Kruhn1 | October 1, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"If I were sitting in his chair I'd be testy too. A great career is over. "

I think McCain will be fine. People know him already and he's the kind of guy people want to like. It won't be hard for him to rehabilitate his image.

Palin, though, has no previous reputation. There is a good chance that she will be forever typecast as the Governor-buffoon. Not that this is completely her fault. She was a new governor and had no business spending inordinate amounts of time pondering larger issues.

I think she can come back from this debacle, but it puts her at a disadvantage that say Bobby Jindal won't have.

And did Obama just draw a +9 in Virginia???

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 1, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

America has already lost most of the respect it had in the world with Bush's cowboy diplomacy. Now comes McCain with his anger and sarcasm. McCain's maverick diplomacy will seal the coffin on American relationships with the rest of the world. Think about it. A president who gets very testy at the suggestion that the vp candidate does not have the experience, he goes on explaining his point and repeating the same reasons again and again, and then brushes off the conservatives who might have showed concern. Now it is clear why he never gets along with the rest of the republicans in the senate.

Posted by: JohnMcCormick | October 1, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"ddawd:

CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll now has Obama leading by one point in Missouri."

Yeah, I saw that. I'm mainly going by the RCP averages which still favors McCain in Missouri. But the fact that Missouri is a tossup makes me laugh. Also, his lead is down to 1.7

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Olympia Snowe.
Condoleeza Rice.
Elizabeth Dole.
Meg Whitman.
Carly Fiorina.

Imagine the strength any one of these women would have added to this ticket.

McCain picked a dimwitted cocktail waitress whose best feature is her glasses, not what's behind them.

If I were sitting in his chair I'd be testy too. A great career is over.

Posted by: Attucks | October 1, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"See my response to that foul-mouthed idiot."

Hush up, you racist. You may not speak to me directly. Get the zouk guy to deliver your messages. He is repugnant, but to my knowledge, has never accused Obama of "ghetto" or "tribal" behavior.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

CNN) — The conservative group Judicial Confirmation Network is launching a new television ad in key battleground states Wednesday that in part features Barack Obama's ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The ad also ties Obama to William Ayers and Tony Rezko — two prominent and controversial figures in Chicago.

Angry and desperate! John McCain should be pilloried for his complicity in the Keating scandal, which threw the banking sector into turmoil, not unlike what we see today. And because of his policy stance on deregulation of the industry, as he followed the lead of his hero Ronald Reagan, and economic adviser Phil Gramm, here we are today. Then for all his showboating he was impotent in is so-called attempts to broker a solution.

Posted by: tydicea | October 1, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 1, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I suppose whatever polls he looks at to tell him that Americans trust Palin's experience are the same ones that tell him to spend more time in Iowa.

If I were to spend time in a meaningless state, I'd make it Hawaii or something.

Iowa??

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"Parker has been writing pro-Obama articles for months."

"Oh hush. Not every column that doesn't refer to Obama as a ghetto niggger is pro-Obama."

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 6:38 PM

Did you log out and log back in as "marSF"?

See my response to that foul-mouthed idiot.

Kathleen Parker is a liar and posturing freak. She was never a good reporter and she's a liar now, pretending she ever supported McCain when she's had it in for him for months.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

rljmsilver:

I find the "liberal media bias" diatribe a little ironic from somebody who's opinions appear to be informed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News.

Posted by: JoeBewildered | October 1, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

rljmsilver:

Good try, but no.

The media were eating out of McCain's hand until he blew it with erratic and impulsive moves and a series of transparent falsehoods. You have to play a close game before you get to blame the refs for your loss.

Posted by: FlownOver | October 1, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, Asspergirl, Parker has really been "in the Tank for Obama" all along! Like when she wrote all those lovely columns talking about how he was just not "American" enough somehow to be President and his family was a bunch of hippie "socialist'" types whose "patriotism" was in question."

"Parker was gushing over Palin when she was first picked but after being confronted evidence of her ineptitude as displayed in the rare and tightly controlled interviews with ABC and CBS, she had to throw Palin under the bus or risk looking like a soulless partisan hack."

"Intellectual honesty is actually important . Sadly it seems that you are still in the "earth is flat" camp when it comes to Palin."

Posted by: marSF | October 1, 2008 6:44 PM

Go to hell you partisan hack.

Nothing you say is relevant to my points. The vague "American sentiment" values Parker wrote are only examples of perfunctory conservative-values pandering on her part.

Kathleen Parker has been posturing as a "conservative columnist" but has been dishing for Obama for months now. from praising him as "manly and gentlemanly" to being one of those few irrational people who called McCain's ad knocking Obama as a celebrity like Paris Hilton a secretly "racist" attack on Obama, Parker has been mouthing conservative phrases but going into Kool Aid Obama territory like few liberal reporters have.

Here's her explanation as to why McCain's Paris Hilton ad was a racist attack on Obama: "The first association upon viewing the ad might well be celebrity, but the second connection is surely sex. Despite racial progress in this country, the black man/white woman sexual taboo still burbles just beneath the surface of America's unconscious mind -- and easily roils to the top in some pockets where racism is still easily tapped."

So the second connection was surely sex because, in Parker's view, "black man/white women" sexual taboo "still burbles" (in her own mind?).

F-off and don't respond to me again. You're an idiot and foul-mouthed one at that.

What does "marSF". You from "mars"?

As far as I'm concerned, you're Obama trash who can't use decent verbal behavior on forums. Don't cross-talk with me again.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually, this is all very sad. The happy warrior, the genuine maverick that carried about and understood ordinary people and their concerns has become a prisoner of the NeoCon socialists and the Swift Boaters of the far right. Instead of crowing, we should be sickened and sad that this once great man has fallen so low. John McCain had it within him to be a GREAT President, a genuine leader, and he threw it all away when he started running with the Washington and New York insiders.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 1, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

ddawd:

CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll now has Obama leading by one point in Missouri.

Posted by: FlownOver | October 1, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Reporters like the one in Iowa, continue a double standard in the campaign, in which there are relentless attacks and leading negative questions and comments towards and about McCain and Palin, while almost always stating or infering how wonderful Obama and Biden are. Objective? Professional? Fair?

There is an increasing convergence of opinion pieces and opinions in the elite medias bias towards and support for the Democratic ticket. Poll after poll shows that the American public is well aware of this information manipulation, to the extent that a reader of this stuff has to read carefully for the subtle and not so subtle biases of the media.

The best example is the free ride the media has given Obama for being out to lunch and no where to be found on the Financial Bailout package, except when asked to come to Washington DC by the President. McCain gets beat up for engaging this issue and even putting it as a higher priority than his campaign.

While Obama is positioned to be invisible by his handlers when he said, "call me if you need me", he is lauded by the media for "his calmness and acting Presidential". For them, hiding again and again for the past ten years from any important issue, is better than rolling up your sleaves and getting your hands dirty, taking a risk and trying to find a compromise and a solution.

Obama knows full well that his handlers wanted to make fun of Palin by using the "lipstick on a pig" comment, shortly after Palin referred to pit bulls ad lipstick. This tactic was so obvious that the audience laughed aloud because they knew what his handlers wanted Obama to do. He also was ready instantly to refer to McCain' s reference to the same clihe years before, when his comment never played on what Hilary Clinton had said or done within a reasonable relative period.

These are just two of many free passes and bias that the media shows in its relentless campaign to get the obama/Biden ticket elected. How many times do you see anything negative about Obama in this newspaper? Almost never. I guess he does not just sound perfect, he is perfect to them.

Duh!

Posted by: rljmsilver | October 1, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Like JRM2, I'm wondering who's idea it was to send McC to Iowa at this point. McC should be spending resources on states that are tighter battles. Plus, despite the fact that they endorsed him in the primaries, did McC really think that the liberal Des Moines Register's editorial board will endorse him in the general election?

Whether it was a tactic or a strategy, it was a bad idea.

Posted by: mnteng | October 1, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I would be angry also if I were McCain. He sold out every personal principle he ever had to court the right wing on the promise of being swept to the presidency by "the Permanent Republican Majority". Now, with the perfect storm of the results of 8 years of GWB, two wars, an imploding economy, and being forced to pick a dingbat for VP, he will most likely not be remembred for a distinguished career in the Senate, but for the amazing farce his presidential campaign has been. The poor man will be remembered as a joke. A shame, really.

Posted by: JoeBewildered | October 1, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain may still suffer from PTSD and certainly presents dementia.

The two weeks he has presented schizophrenia. So has his campaign managers.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | October 1, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Asspergirl, Parker has really been "in the Tank for Obama" all along! Like when she wrote all those lovely columns talking about how he was just not "American" enough somehow to be President and his family was a bunch of hippie "socialist'" types whose "patriotism" was in question.

Parker was gushing over Palin when she was first picked but after being confronted evidence of her ineptitude as displayed in the rare and tightly controlled interviews with ABC and CBS, she had to throw Palin under the bus or risk looking like a soulless partisan hack.

Intellectual honesty is actually important . Sadly it seems that you are still in the "earth is flat" camp when it comes to Palin.

Posted by: marSF | October 1, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I categorically reject McCains claim that she is qualified. I have to also categorically object to his comparing Palin to Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan. Both were highly intelligent and articulate individuals with an immense global view.

I would also have to categorically state that there is a great amount of evidence that the American people are concerned with Palins experience. If McCain doesn't see that then perhaps he should stop getting his news from his campaign managers and pick up a newspaper once in a while.

Posted by: dave40 | October 1, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

"Parker has been writing pro-Obama articles for months."

Oh hush. Not every column that doesn't refer to Obama as a ghetto niggger is pro-Obama.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

"Palin a terrible pick?..... Biden has contradicted Obama on many occasions and doesn't even know who was president during the Great Depression!"

No one cares that Palin contradicts McCain. That happens. It's more that Palin just doesn't know what she's talking about. Although I can't blame her for being a lousy crammer. She does seem to be fairly knowledgeable about Alaska matters.

But that's what happens when you don't read any newspapers or any news source. '

And I don't know I'd be too surprised if she couldn't name the last three Presidents.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Wisconsin has moved out of the tossup category on RCP.com to move Obama's vote total to 259.

So now among the tossups, McCain must take

Ohio
Florida
Virginia
North Carolina
Missouri
Indiana
Minnesota

Like, he must take ALL of those states. He is losing all of them except for Indiana and Missouri.

But if he wants to make more speeches in Iowa, he can be my guest.

And keep blaming the media too. Us 'Mericans are too dumb to recognize a blithering idiot in interviews. It must be the "media"

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

John McCain only seems unduly angry if you don't understand that what he says is actually right. I.e. if you think he's just blowing steam and saying petulant things that have no foundation.

In fact, McCain's statements were accurate. E.g. that Kathleen Parker woman who's been cited as the "conservative columnist" who is seriously breaking faith with the McCain campaign over what she describes as Sarah Palin's recent retardation in interviews -- Parker has in fact been bashing Palin ever since Palin was named and Parker has been writing pro-Obama articles for months.

McCain was accurately depicting those columnists who are a part of the liberal media, but who posture as being conservative.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, I freaking LOVE it. McCain made a terrible pick for VP and now he has got to try and explain it away. No one forced him to make such a cynical move to try and get disaffected Hillary voters."

Palin a terrible pick?..... Biden has contradicted Obama on many occasions and doesn't even know who was president during the Great Depression!

http://commonmistakes.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-man-joe-biden.html

Posted by: jousd | October 1, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Two words to describe this video, Chris:
"Petulant, arrogant"

Posted by: dagnome | October 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Nice how he slags off the respected conservative commentators who criticize Palin as "so-called conservatives" and georgetown cocktail party snobs. A lot of smart reasonable conservatives have doubts about Palin and McCain has just told them and their readers all to drop dead.

And after being personally attacked, why would these people now come to her defense, even if she displays Colin Powell-like grace and knowledge tomorrow? These are also the people who raise the money, by the way. Nice work, McCain.

Posted by: wharwood | October 1, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"You libs are lovin' this "gotcha" journalism!!!"

Oh, I freaking LOVE it. McCain made a terrible pick for VP and now he has got to try and explain it away. No one forced him to make such a cynical move to try and get disaffected Hillary voters.

Perhaps if his party made a real attempt to nurture female and minority politicians, McCain might not be in this mess.

Southern Strategy Forever!

Posted by: DDAWD | October 1, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to keep it real and say that the viewing of the clip doesn't match the hype.

Too bad the Palin clips with Couric and Gibson are pure gold, bay-bee!

Posted by: bondjedi | October 1, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The corporate media likes to pretend that there are "3 wings" to the Republican party -- The "social conservatives", "fiscal conservatives", and "national security conservatives." These frames are bogus. Indeed there are 3 wings to the Republican Party. They are the Taliban Conservatives, the Halliburton Conservatives, and the Country Club Conservatives.


Most Republicans represent all 3 extremist wings of the GOP. However, even if you combined all 3, they are still a small minority in this country. Here is what each wing of the Republican Party stands for.


1. The Taliban Conservatives

These people are similar to the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden (The guy Bush and McCain gave a free pass too for their war of profit in Iraq) except that they use a different religion and different bible to justify their social fascism.

They desire a police state, lack of due process, wrongful incarcerations, government ownership of woman's wombs, government intrusiveness into people's most intimate privacy areas, the power to retaliate against and falsely imprison those that stand in their way, the denial of liberty, the elimination of freedom, and a fundamentalist imposed theocracy on all our citizens. They hate freedom, hate liberty, hate our Constitution and seek to render the Bill of Rights obsolete.


2. The Halliburton Conservatives

Most conservatives are anti-military, weak on national security, weak on national defense, and disastrous on foreign policy issues. I call these people the Halliburton Conservatives.

Halliburton Conservatives simply believe in making money in the name of national defense. It's that simple even if it means war instead of peace, no bid contracts instead of open contracts, dead soldiers instead of living soldiers, fraud instead of honesty, etc...

To Hallibruton Conservatives, soldiers are simply staff pukes who are used as cheap labor in order to create profits for the military industrial complex. Halliburton conservatives do not care that they weaken American national security. Halliburton conservatives do not care that they endanger the lives of people in the military. Halliburton conservatives simply care about money and they use the military to make money. That's why I call them anti-troop, anti-military, and even unAmerican. You might even call them treasonous.


3. The Country Club Conservatives

Country Club Conservatives have a very simple philosophy. They simply believe that government exists to line the pockets of the top 1%, even if that means everyone else has crummy schools, no health care, foreclosed mortgages, high energy prices, crippling student loan debt, a polluted environment, unaffordable college tuition costs, crumbling roadways, etc...

Country Club conservatives are class warfare elitists who seek to make money for the top 1% at the expense of everyone else, including future generations which is why they borrow and spend.

On spending issues, country club conservatives simply want government to spend for the programs they want and spend nothing on programs that other people need. They believe govt should be used as a piggy bank to write special laws which exempt them from contributing while crushing the average man and woman.


The agenda of the three wings of the Republican Party has now been exposed and they are well on their merry way to becoming the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.

John McCain represents all 3 of these wings of the Republican Party and he isn't fooling anyon with his "maverick/straight-talker" BS anymore.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 1, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine Obama having to spend the bulk of an interview with a major newspaper defending Joe Biden's qualifications? SHe is a major distraction---at first a positive one and now a negative one--from the candidacy of a man who should be rejected by the American people on his own merit, or lack there of.

Posted by: judithgelman | October 1, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow... you call this news? You libs are lovin' this "gotcha" journalism!!! The man nearly stated the truth and defended his running mate. BIG DEAL! There is absolutely no evidence of irrationalism or anger! It scares me that your allowed to vote...

Posted by: jousd | October 1, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain will become more combative as he is pressed farther into a corner with his poll numbers dropping. McCain uses sarcasm, irritability, and anger to dominate, intimidate, and control others. Power and Control is not a political philosophy, it is a fundamental defect of character, of a damaged personality. .........
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/01/mccains-world-view-power-and-control/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 1, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I like his campaign strategy, go to a state 30 days before the election that you know you will not win and use up important resources and money from your campaign coffers. Then to put the cherry on top make sure you are as sarcastic and insulting to the local press as you can possibly be and make sure it's on video too. Then just throw a couple of blatant lies on top of all of that.

Great strategy, I want this man to lead our nation.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 1, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

While Senator Obama will spend the next 8 years hearing "Hail to the Chief" played everytime he enters a room, the McSenile camp is queing the band for NSYNC's "Bye-Bye-Bye".

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"McCain is at his best -- as he was during Friday's presidential debate -- when he is relaxed, confident and optimistic."

Excuse, please? What debate did you watch last Friday? The McCain who appeared at that debate was the same McCain who (inexplicably, by the way) sat down with the Des Moines Register: dismissive, unpleasant, intolerant, sarcastic and sneering. This is one guy whose finger I don't want anywhere near the nuclear button.

Posted by: McGee2 | October 1, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I watched the video and although McCain was his usual grumpy old man, it wasn't quite as bad as some of the blogosphere has made it out to be.

It was just McCain being McCain: an ass.

Posted by: egc52556 | October 1, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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