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The McCain Campaign is Already on the Ball

Team McCain is already running an ad titled "Biden." From Andrew Malcolm at Top of the Ticket:

[I]t features Biden himself talking about Obama (you might guess Biden once thought the freshman Illinois senator was not yet ready for primetime) standing right next to Obama, who was looking down his nose wordlessly during a Democratic debate last winter.

And the ad also features Biden talking about McCain; Biden says he'd be honored to run with or against a John McCain. Is it possible the two of them could have an elevated, respectful civil debate over the future of our foreign policy? Can a presidential candidate do that with an opposing vice presidential candidate, who's supposed to be the attack dog?

Not only does Biden say he'd be honored to run with or against McCain but that the country would be better off with McCain. Biden's own words. Check it out:

Ed Morrissey, on Obama's terribly delayed announcement and botched text message, which I said was stupid and I was right, asks maybe no one wanted to be Obama's VP.

Not only has Obama turned this into a game show, he has also now built up expectations to the point where almost any selection would be a letdown. The two rumored picks, Joe Biden and Evan Bayh, do not scream excitement. They don't have the kind of star status that would justify this kind of NFL Draft Day engineering. Only Hillary Clinton or Al Gore might approach that kind of celebrity. Hillary would be better announced at the convention than on a Saturday afternoon, and Gore has already done the VP gig for eight years.

Obama has made a mess out of this announcement, and blown a natural opportunity to demonstrate his leadership. He also has given John McCain a wide opening to handle his own running-mate announcement in a manner which will demonstrate the Gravitas Gap which has widened considerably this month between the two candidates.

It's called lack of experience. The man has had so few life experiences that he's ill prepared to be president of the United States and leader of the free world. As I said before, Obama's attempt to present himself like he's in the same league as John McCain is a total charade, and it seems that a chunk of the American voting public that had been impressed with Obama is beginning to catch on to this fact.

Yesterday, my husband and I took our kids to a Day Out with Thomas, and as we walked by the area where Bob the Builder (a guy in a Bob the Builder suit) was performing, Bob asked the kids if they can get something ready in time for Thomas. He said to the crowd, "Can we do it? Yes we can!" My husband and I laughed and shook our heads when we heard it.

When a presidential candidate can't offer any more substance than Bob the Builder speaking to a bunch of preschoolers, then his campaign is doomed to fail.


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OBAMA BLOWS IT WITH VP PICK... (Below threshold)

OBAMA BLOWS IT WITH VP PICK!

I think he can be ready, but right now, I don't think he is," Biden told ABC News debate moderator George Stephanopoulos about an Obama Presidency. "The presidency is not something that lends itself to on the job training."

Selecting Joe Biden who voted for the Iraq war, won his job in the Senate over 35 years ago when Obama was only 11, detracts Obama ticket's agent of change, yes and he voted for the IRAQ war, an old guy according to Obama camp during the primaries. His selection removes all attacks Obama camp using against McCain...Bad bad decision...Maybe doing what Uncle Ted told him to do, by letting inexperienced Caroline Kennedy make the VP decision wasn't such a good idea.

Obama will loose...

Biden dropped out of the 2008 race after a poor finish, but not before he talked dismissively of joining someone else's ticket. "I am not running for vice president," he said in a Fox interview. "I would not accept it if anyone offered it to me. The fact of the matter is I'd rather stay as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee than be vice president." It was his second try for the White House. The first ended badly in 1988 when he was caught lifting lines from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. Just like Obama.

VP pick Joe Biden's known as ("The gaffe machine") wild mouth managed to run him afoul with Indians, 7-Eleven clerks and African-Americans.

"You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking," he told C-SPAN. "I mean you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean "he enthused. "I mean, that's a storybook man, not a fairy tale??

This ticket has already begun to will draw deep criticism from Democratic voters who support Obama for his stand against the war in Iraq. Now that's appears not too important to Obama? This guy is a total flip flopping liar. These voters who will never forgive Biden for approving the war anymore than they would forgive President Bush or former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld nor Obama for playing his faithful supporters as fools. It shows Obama have no Plan or direction.

Lastly, Biden DOES NOT put on the table any state on the table to help with electoral vote? With Biden comes the very real risk that his loose lips around reporters will render all sorts of new gaffes and scandals in the coming months that will swamp the Obama campaign's message. McCain camp is jumping up and down for this gift from Obama.


Obama Sued in Philadelphia Federal Court on Grounds he is Constitutionally Ineligible for the Presidency

The mainstream media has fr... (Below threshold)

The mainstream media has frankly put the security of our great country at risk with an Obama coronation media like CNN & MSNBC is the only way Obama managed to steal the Dem nom. It's extremely concerning that so many Americans could care less about who their candidate really is?? simply amazing and frankly scarey.

Wheeeee! I'm off to make po... (Below threshold)
SarahConnor2:

Wheeeee! I'm off to make popcorn.

This convention is going to be great!

This Obama character is ama... (Below threshold)
John S:

This Obama character is amazing. He managed to pick the only Democrat who's even more lightweight than himself.

This is going to be fun. Th... (Below threshold)

This is going to be fun. The Teleprompter and The Plagarizer. Obama/Kinnock.

The McCain campaign probably partied all night.

Perhaps Obama is getting co... (Below threshold)
K in RI:

Perhaps Obama is getting cold feet about the presidency and this is his way of ensuring a loss?

"I mean, you got the fi... (Below threshold)

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." Joe Biden, Jan.2007

JONAS,Thanks for t... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

JONAS,

Thanks for the link about Obama not being eligible to be President. Assume for a second that the Court does issue an injunction preventing the DNC from nominating Obama as their Presidential candidate. That means Hillary would be the democrat's Presidential candidate, and given the steep decline in support for Obama that we've seen this month, the change to Hillary might not be all that good for McCain.

Even if the court doesn't grant an injunction, Philip Berg may have convincing enough evidence that enough super delegates will throw their support to Hillary. The supposed symbolic first ballot could be the last one of the convention with Hillary winning it.

I wonder who Hillary will pick for her running mate?

This Obama character is... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

This Obama character is amazing. He managed to pick the only Democrat who's even more lightweight than himself.

The guy who's been in the Senate for 35 years is a lightweight? How so?

Fair word of advice, from a... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Fair word of advice, from a concerned citizen that doesn't want either party/political wing looking nutters - leave the birth certificate stuff alone. You're wasting your time, and you're not doing your ideology proud.

McLorryREF the dem... (Below threshold)
retired military:

McLorry

REF the dems picking Hillary at the convention.

I would love it if happened. The democratic party would tear itself apart then. I doubt seriously Hillary would accept the nomination as the damage done by the pick to the African American community would be enormous.

Even if it suddenly came up that Obama was ineligible due to place of birth there would probably be riots (and I doubt anyone wants those) due to the outrage.

No, I think it will be Obama but I also think this will be a blowout.

I doubt McCain could blow this if he picked Lieberman and if by chance he somehow convinced Condi to run as his VP I think McCain would easily get 300+ electoral votes.


Obama stated a few days ago... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama stated a few days ago about his VP Pick (paraphrase) " McCain doesnt know what he is up against". Apparantly Obama should have finished the statement with "and neither do we since noone wants to be on the ticket with me".

@RMFirst of all, a... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

@RM

First of all, all props to your service. Seriously, to go career is an awesome achievement. I have a cousin currently considering it, but he's itching for the private sector.

I would love it if happened. The democratic party would tear itself apart then.

Secondly - do you want to live in a one-party state? Because I have a few suggestions if so.

IMO, governance is best when both parties are efficient, organised and energised. Even better if Congress is in the hands of one and the Presidency in the hands of the other. Well historically, anyway. I'm not sure if the current crop pass that test.

I'm going to take a minute ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

I'm going to take a minute to see if I can sumarize the Obama campaign so far. Mr. Hopeful/Changieness was described as "articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy" by his now running mate, an inside the beltway lifetime non-achiever. Let's look at that:

"Articulate" - after months and months on the campaign trail I think we all have, uh, uh, uh, abandoned the idea that the man is, aaaaaaa, articulate.

"Bright" - he just chose Joe Biden as his running mate (see above).

"Clean" - Rezko, Ayers, 'nuf said.

"Hopeful/Changieness" - he just chose Joe Biden as his running mate (see above).

That leaves "and a nice-looking guy". Ok, let's see how far he can go on looks alone. I would have said something about that having worked for Paris Hilton at this point, but as she's recently demonstrated that she does in fact have a function brain, I won't.

U.O.G.

Follow the money.W... (Below threshold)
Don Poole:

Follow the money.

Who makes money from the text message? Billed as a new, cutting edge method to let the Obama supporters who had been selected as VP nominee, was it in fact a new way to raise cash for the campaign?

Was the decision by Obama to have his acceptance speech at Invesco Field principally motivated by his desire to raise more money through exchanging tickets for contributions?

It seems to me that in almost all decisions by Obama, the financial aspect is a primary motivating factor.

"The mainstream media has f... (Below threshold)
JKan:

"The mainstream media has frankly put the security of our great country at risk with an Obama coronation media like CNN & MSNBC is the only way Obama managed to steal the Dem nom. It's extremely concerning that so many Americans could care less about who their candidate really is?? simply amazing and frankly scarey."

Timing is so bad for USA that even the Press created this disastrous situation!! It's only USA's destiny that created the evils like Chris Matthews and Olberman, etc.

Obama had an epiphany: "I ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Obama had an epiphany: "I know! I'll pick the guy that doesn't endorse me! That'll throw 'em off!" And the oceans screeched to a halt...

Could the Messiah have pick... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Could the Messiah have picked anyone with a more smarmy, smirky little grin? The picture of this ego-infated ass sitting on the Senate Judiciary committee, holding court with people whose intellectual capacity he couldn't begin to touch...just unforgettable.

It's only USA's destiny ... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

It's only USA's destiny that created the evils like Chris Matthews and Olberman, etc.

Yes, eeeeevil. Plotting away in their dungeon of doom, somewhere deep in the heart of the black mountains. Twiddling their mustaches.

Parthenon:Secondl... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Parthenon:
Secondly - do you want to live in a one-party state? Because I have a few suggestions if so.

Were one of the two currently major parties collapse, it wouldn't result in a single party system. In the U.S., we've had major parties collapse and go extinct before... just not in your lifetime (nor mine).

Personally, I'd like to see a party who works for smaller government emerge and become a large player. Neither of the current two seem to be interested in that.

Were one of the two curr... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Were one of the two currently major parties collapse, it wouldn't result in a single party system. In the U.S., we've had major parties collapse and go extinct before... just not in your lifetime (nor mine).

Good point, right 'tere.

Recent quote from Obama: B... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Recent quote from Obama: Barack Obama introduced Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate, hailing him as a "leader who is ready to step in and be president." Now I get it. He wants Biden to do his job for him. Good luck with that, O.

Parthenon,I don't ... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

Parthenon,

I don't want any one party to control the House, Senate and the White House either.

I don't want the Democrats to self-implode (because I do value the checks and balances provided by a multi-party system), but last night's decision may contribute the implosion of the Dem's White House aspirations.

When Howard Dean called the Republican Party the "white" party, he gave the impression that his party was the party of diversity. The sum and total of that diversity in this election is that one of the candidate's father - who had little to no influence on his life - happened to be black. We get two men, two senators, two insiders in the most political arenas in the country (DC and Cook County), and two people from large urban areas who seem to be enthralled with the sound of their own voice.

The only thing keeping me from expecting a lopsided Republican victory in November is that McCain is perfectly capable of making an equally stupid choice.

BTW, I don't think Obama picked Biden first. I think Biden was the one who would say "yes".

I have frequented another b... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

I have frequented another board for over 5 years. There are a number of international members who have said that they see the US presidential race as internationally important and one has even advanced the theory that it has such an impact that voting should be opened up to non-citizens. While the international poster don't always understand the US mindset, they usually get the facts correct.

Today's question:

Who's Joe Biden? What can you all tell us about him?

Well I guess luckily for yo... (Below threshold)
jmc:

Well I guess luckily for you guys the mcCain/feingold act does not prevent this ad.

Although after reading more about mcCain in the gang of 14 and what not i am beginning to think he can't be all bad. between that and campaign finace reform he is almost ok.

Hopegully he picks someone very experienced to be his running mate though. Can't question someone eles's lack of foreign policy experience when your own Vp selection a man a heartbeat away, is a complete novice on it. McCain better not go with a gov. it would hurt him terribly.

Can't question som... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:
Can't question someone eles's lack of foreign policy experience when your own Vp selection a man a heartbeat away, is a complete novice on it. McCain better not go with a gov. it would hurt him terribly.

Oh, absolutely can't go with a governor.

Because as we all know, governors NEVER have to speak to anyone in foreign countries. Texas never has to deal with issues that come across the border from Mexico, for example. And then there are the Great Lakes. One might think that pollutions dumped in any of the lakes from either side of the border might impact on the other country's shoreline, but it doesn't. Pollution recognizes the line drawn on the map and stays on its original side. Therefore no state governor on the norther US border has ever had to speak to a Canadian official.

And then, there is trade. Now, although a number of US states have bigger budgets that a number of nations that we could name, NONE of them do any business directly with foreign countries. You will never see a governor go on a trade mission abroad, for example.

No, definitely can't pick a governor because they have no foreign experience whatsoever.

Oh,and sarcasm off.

That was sarcasm? I thought... (Below threshold)
jmc:

That was sarcasm? I thought you were taking a stab at actually thinking. alas, it is not to be. Go ahead and pick a Gov it will make me happy.

It will be interesting to watch Biden cream him on Foreign policy and it will undermine McCain's argument that Foreign policy is so important. I mean it's so important than a man as Old as McCain picks a guy that has never met Putin (he did meet the canadian prime minister though, well maybe) and has no foreign policy experience whatsoever to mention. Just a heartbeat away and no experience...

Still, like I said though, I wouldn't mind if McCain did win. his putting together mccain Feingold. His talking about agents of intolerence, His support for immigration, his voting against Bush's irresponsible tax cuts twice,his refusal to back a gay marriage amendemnet, his talk of relaxing stem cell restictions, his attacks on Bush for ignoring global warming, the fact he considered being VP to kerry, his joinging the gang of 14 to protect abortion rights.His opposotion to torture and Guantanamo bay.

These are elements that show at the very least the guy is sane(and that is an improvement for Republicans). So, I won't be too upset if he wins. Either way we will get a fairly sane president and that's not so bad.

Partheon"Secondly ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Partheon

"Secondly - do you want to live in a one-party state? Because I have a few suggestions if so.

IMO, governance is best when both parties are efficient, organised and energised.
"

Good question. No I dont want to live in a one party state. IMO if you have only one party it generally will lead to nothing more than corruption and rot from within.

When I say that the dems would tear themselves apart my meaning is generally speaking this: The African American community who actually have to take a look at the rest of the democratic party and see if they want to blindly follow them as they have done for years. You mention a one party system being bad yet for the African American community there is basically a one party system and that party is the democrats. And it is locked tight at about the 85-90% range. As such IMO the dem politicians take those votes and those people for granted. If that didnt happen maybe the dem politicians would actually try to improve things for those constituents. IMO they dont as of this point.

When I speak of the dem party I am speaking of mainly the dem politicians and the dem political structure. My mother happens to be a democrat and will not change. I could present tons of facts to counter her reasons for being one but it would do no good. THere are plenty of folks on both sides like that.

What would happen to the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons if there were no racism (and I believe there is plenty of racism left just not as bad as they make out) left in America? They would be out of jobs. Therefore it behooves them to make racism appear even if it isnt there. Other dem politicians do the same and the dem sympathic media do everything to assist in that cause.

Is Barrack the best the African American community has to offer? Really?? Or the best the democratic community has to offer? I would prefer a Lieberman over Barrack any day. I would gladly vote for Condi Rice over McCain hands down. I dont care about her race or her sex. I care about competency and someone who fits my general political views.

Look at Hillary, pretty much a goood politician, much better and more effective IMO than Barrack. I am glad that Barrack got the nomination over her because IMO she knows better how to wield the reins of power to accomplish her agenda. I shudder to think about that if she gets into power.

No I dont want a one party system. I want a better two party system. Barrack being elected wont IMO get that. Neither will McCain but he does profess more of my beliefs than Barrack does. Will he carry through on an agenda I will be happy with? Only time will tell.

Hope that answers the question.


It will be interesting t... (Below threshold)
RFA:

It will be interesting to watch Biden cream him on Foreign policy and it will undermine McCain's argument that Foreign policy is so important.

From what I can tell Biden's ideas on Foreign Policy are about a goofy as he his.

Emptysuit/Stuffedshirt `08

BTW ref McCain's pick havin... (Below threshold)
retired military:

BTW ref McCain's pick having foreign policy experience.

The President is the one who sets the agenda and makes the rules. The VP in the past has not been big in the policy making agenda (at least IMO). Most VPs seem to go off and do the President's bidding and quietly go off into history. That role may be changing some but other than the Chinese money laundering scandal I cant remember much from Gore being VP. Cheney has been more visible and in the news but I think that is do more to hatred than anything else. Or it could just be the internet being more in full swing this presidency than any other. In 1992 - 1996 how much was the internet part of our lives vs now?

Anyone remember the VP debate from 2000? 2004? I know I dont. About the only memorable moment I remember in a VP debate was Ross Perot's choice doing so poorly in 1992 or 1996.

So yes Biden may have foreign policy experience but at face value IMO that doesnt help Obama much. And McCain's choice (unless he totally blows it), IMO, will at least be able to hold their own, especially if Barrack pulls any more saddlebacks or gives any more answers such as "It's above my pay grade".

JMC,When you want ... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

JMC,

When you want to discuss the issue rather than parrot talking points, let the rest of us know.

We understand that it will be difficult for you to try something new, but you can do it if you try.

Of course, you will actually have to learn a little about the job of governor. You seem to be operating under the misconception that Governors (regardless of party) = no foreign policy experience whatsoever. I bet you were sweating out Obama's pick - what would you have done if he had picked a Democratic governor? You wouldn't have been able to vote for him (Obama)... and not be a hypocrite.

Of course, if Obama had picked a Democratic governor he might have picked a woman and, based on your comments, you just don't seem to think a VP pick should be a woman.

But, instead he picked a white guy - actually a guy who is very nearly as old as McCain in fact - and this seems to suit you just fine.

The O-man, Barack Hussein O... (Below threshold)

The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently
tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments,
no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of
how the economy works, no understanding of how the
world works, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric
devoid of real substance.

He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he
rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he
hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic
surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way
to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in
Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from
his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is
exclusively.

What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is
'African-American,' the descendant of enslaved
Africans brought to America chained in slave ships.
He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead,
his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading
was the main Arab business in East Africa for
centuries until the British ended it.

Let that sink in: Obama is not the descendant of
slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he
makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.

It's something Hillary doesn't understand - how some
complete neophyte came out of the blue and stole the
Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond
politics and reason. It is a true religious cult,
whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe
in Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of
being human to the evil of being white.

Thus Obama has become the white liberals' Christ,
offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There
is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of
his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make
of any kind can be effective against it. The
absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being
their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to
worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because
it is absurd.

Thank heavens that the voting majority of Americans
remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a
phony savior.

His candidacy is ridiculous and should not be taken
seriously by any thinking American.
Pass this on to every thinking American you know!





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