Showing posts with label John McCain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John McCain. Show all posts

Friday, August 29, 2008

And So, After 24 Months, The Two '08 Dance Cards Are Finally Set

What a primary cycle.

What an incredible front row seat that we've been lucky enough to occupy these last 24 months.

Historic (the cycle, not the seat).

Something that we'll tell our grandchildren about.

And keep telling them about, long after they've started rolling their eyes.

Sarah Palin Is McCain's VP Pick

So reports the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman, who is as well sourced in McCain World as any reporter.

We don't know much about Governor Palin.

But what we seem to know so far, we like.

(note the Fred Barnes quote halfway through the article)

Hey, in a change election there ain't nothing wrong with two serious reform candidates.

The Dancing Press Monkeys Tango Into The New Day

The idle and ill-informed McCain VP speculation by the press continues into the new day.

Noted: Morning Joe is OUT OF CONTROL.

Dance, dance, dance little press monkeys!

Noted: Of course, we're dancing too.

It's Not Going To Be Mitt Romney

Chuck Todd is reporting.

And we want to give Chucky-T a big, wet kiss.

It's Not Going To Be Tim Pawlenty

Jon Martin broke it.

Other news outlets are confirming it.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dancing Press Monkeys!

GOP pundit strategist Mike Murphy might be right: Team McCain might be "all tactics and no strategy."

But whatever Team McCain is or is not, you have to give the campaign credit because on this night - Of All Nights - they have managed to whip the Gang of 500 into an absolute frenzy over who McCain is going to select as his VP.


The idle and uninformed speculation among the press corps is INTENSE.

We're even getting emails asking, "So, who will McCain choose?"

And we don't know sh*t.

We can almost hear the clink of Crystal City scotch glasses to the toast, "Dance you press monkeys."

IF Mitt Romney Is McCain's VP Pick, Remember 12/27/07

The day this little gem created by some former McCain ad men hit the air.

McCain ad men.

Of course, this would be the absolute barest whisper of what the DNC would throw at a McCain-Romney '08 ticket.

And Mitt-Flop don't even deliver Michigan.

Why is he a good pick again?

IF Tim Pawlenty Is McCain's VP Pick, Remember 10/08/07 (UPDATED)

In October 2007, while John McCain was still HEMORRHAGING political support, Tim Pawlenty flew to Manchester, NH to do a political event on McCain's behalf in Fairlee, VT.


The state with negative electoral votes.

For a campaign event that took Governor Pawlenty well over 10 hours to complete if you include fly and drive time.

But, as Mr. Pawlenty was finally being dropped off at his hotel after a very looong day, he turned to Team McCain's Jim Barnett and said, "I'd like to do more, please let me know how I can do that."

That was in October of 2007.

When 3/4ths of the Republican Party was saying, "John? John Who?"

We know that this happened because we were in the car with the Governor on that trip.

Bottom line - Tim Pawlenty is qualified to be Vice President for any number of reasons.

As are most of the folks rumored to be on McCain's short list.

But we hope that Pawlenty's respect for, and loyalty to, John McCain puts the Minnesota Governor over the top in the Veepstakes.

Fingers. Crossed.

(UPDATED) A longtime reader writes to remind us that Tim Pawlenty is the "clear" choice of McCain loyalists who have ridden the '08 campaign roller coaster from the beginning.

Don't we know it.

McCain Has NOT Contacted GMP1 To Personally Inform Us Of His VP Choice, Therefore GMP1 Cannot Believe That The Choice Has Been Made

Unfortunately, it looks like we don't have as much juice with the American Hero as we thought we did.

In any event, we'd love to see a Tim Pawlenty pick.

Fighting Joe would be good too (although several Republicans we trust say that the pick would be a disaster).

Mitt Romney, now that WOULD be a disaster.

But what about "none of the above"?

We really have no idea.

But we bet we find out within 12 hours.

Right about when Obama hits the stage at Mile High.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Driving The Rest Of The Week

(barring unforeseen weirdness)

1. Does Barack Obama go yard on what Clinton served up tonight and deliver in his speech on Thursday?

2. Who does the America Hero pick as his VP? And does it stomp all over Obama's speech on Thursday?

Let the ill informed chatter begin.


Wanna lose your dinner?

Watch this:

Noted: And we're voting Republican in 2008. Think about it.

Noted 2: Obama topper Plouffe has:

"This is someone who was a job-killing machine in business," Plouffe said. "He's someone who has been proficient at using tax havens in places like the Cayman Islands that Americans have become increasingly tired of.

"Will [naming Romney] help in Michigan? I don't know," Plouffe said. "But on things like outsourcing, there's almost an acceptance [by Romney] that it's OK to have all this job loss."

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Future Of The Republican Party

Any guess as to who we think Johnny Mac should pick as his running mate?

The American Hero & The Accomplished Chief Executive, Fresh Face Member of Sam's Club.

In 2008.

It's a messaging winner.

Believe it.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Logical Next Step Of An Illogical, Inside The Box Republican Strategy...

... is found right here.

Of course, if the GOP continues to go Britney-Paris on Obama-Biden well, this puppy is over.

Or wasn't the Republican Party watching what Joe Biden did with the 7 kitchen tables line in today's speech?

That's "Checkmate" for you politicos scoring at home.

So, is it time for the GOP to come up with another line of attack on Obama-Biden beyond the chickensh*t celebrity one?

You. Betcha.

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Consensus Choice Of A Bankrupt, DC-Based Party Leadership

CW has hopped back on the "Mitt will be the VP" train.

We have no idea.

There are less than 5 people who really do, and they ain't talking to us (and, let's be honest, they're probably not talking to you either).

But we do know this.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

This Seems About Right Given The Current Debate

Hey, it wouldn't be August without a clipped New Yorker cartoon.

And this one works just about perfect.

So mix it into your arugula and eat it in one of your seven houses.


And the race to the bottom continues.

Team Obama jumps all over John McCain for something that has nothing to do with being an effective and decent Chief Executive... which Team McCain responds with an oppo dump on Barack Obama that is equally chickensh*t and irrelevant.

“Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people “cling” to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?

“The reality is that Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes and opposition to producing more energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket show he’s completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.”
Now where's our bourbon?

Because if the true swing voters in the battleground states aren't going to pay attention to this garbage, we sure as hell ain't.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Team Obama's Knife Fighters HOPE For A Dance

It looks like "at all costs" carried the day in Chicago.

Anti-Hope is running in Georgia.


Considering that John McCain led the fight in the Senate against Jack Abramoff.

Not the other way around as the ad alleges.

No matter, as we've argued before, in 2008 we think that the first campaign to the bottom, loses.

Now wouldn't that be something?

Good Heavens, What Are They Talking About!

Reminiscing about New Hampshire perhaps?


h/t The Blogettes

GMP1 As Canary In A Coal Mine (again)

Via David Broder's latest column:

Plouffe [Obama's campaign manager] said that "turnout is the big variable," and the campaign is devoting an unusually large budget to register scads of new voters and bring them to the polls. "That's how we win the Floridas and Ohios," he said, mentioning two states that went narrowly for George W. Bush. "And that's how we get competitive in the Indianas and Virginias," two of six or seven states that long have been Republican -- but are targets this year.

"That's why I pay more attention to the registration figures than to the polls I see at this time of year," Plouffe said. "The polls will change, but we know we need 200,000 new voters to be competitive in Georgia, and now is when we have to get them."
And Plouffe is putting his money where his mouth is (or not putting his money).

But meanwhile, David Brooks sees Unhappy Warrior McCain doing better right now then he thinks that Happy Warrior McCain would be doing.

We don't happen to believe this, but we recognize that we're in the minority opinion right now.

Campaign strategy is a funny thing. Months and months and months of set-up to lock in that final 14-day push and election day narrative.

Remember, many people thought that Rudy Giuliani's Florida strategy was great ("Hey, look at our national numbers! We're strong baby! Strong!").

Right up until the Florida Primary.

And by then it was far too late.