McCain’s Choice, by BrianInNYC

Save outside forces beyond the control of either candidate or campaign we can say with near certainty that Barack Obama will be the next president of The United States. Two weeks before the ’84 election Walter Mondale was advised to finish the campaign in a manner that would make his grandchildren proud of him. It is time for John McCain to follow that same advice. Senator McCain only has one real decision to make now regarding his campaign, will he lose this election taking the high road or the low road.





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121 responses to “McCain’s Choice, by BrianInNYC

  1. chefsheila

    One can only Dream…

  2. chefsheila

    Good Night……and…..Good Morning Steve ;0)

  3. Indeed, Sheila, it is a good morning! Why? Because Obama continues to have a solid win? Is it a lock? No.

    But are we closer than we were a month ago? Yes.

    Brian, without doubt there are things that McCain (and many other politicians) have done that should make us feel good. I hope the better part of him comes through. As a matter of fact, if it does, he can do the world a service, and frankly, it might give him the chance to win.

  4. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Barack Obama has expanded his national lead over Republican John McCain in the presidential race to 10 points, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

  5. Ain’t Funny – Vice President. Vote Obama-Biden.

  6. Obama Camp To Unleash Tough Response Robocall Blasting McCain’s “Sleazy” Campaign

  7. nannymm

    Good morning.

  8. nannymm

    Nice response by the dems and Obama. Lays it on the line and calls McCain out on his slimy tactics.

  9. nannymm

    That “Ain’t Funny” video is good. Are they airing it as a TV spot, also?

  10. nannymm

    Nice post, Brian. But I don’t think McCain is following your advise. It looks like he’s going down fighting in as mean and nasty a way as he can.

  11. nannymm

    Gotta love this story. It looks like the swift boaters well has gone dry.

    As clock ticks, hope dims for McCain savior

  12. chefsheila

    Morning all….COFFEE!!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>

  13. Funny but true, when I was looking for a picture to use with today’s post I did a google image search on “low road” and that was one of the pics that came up!

  14. chefsheila

    McCain just called us “The Democrat Party”…..thats such a put down lol

  15. Boy those robocalls are really working out well for McCain in Maine!

    McCain in Maine Falls Mainly … Well, He’s Down by 15 Points, Let’s Put it That Way: In an election for President of the United States in Maine today, 10/21/08, two weeks until votes are counted, Democrat Barack Obama defeats Republican John McCain 54% to 39%, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WCSH-TV Portland and WLBZ-TV Bangor. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released 4 weeks ago, Obama is up 5 points;

  16. Boy I bet when Obama made his “spread the wealth” remark that got Cindy nervous!


  17. dnd

    Great point. Too bad McCain’s not taking your advice. I was listening to him in NH on CNN and it’s the typical anti-Obama stump speech.

    McCain has made two huge mistakes:
    1. Not running to the center in the general election.
    2. Palin. While Palin is great on the stump, on the rare occasion she speaks with journalists, it’s clear she’s clueless.

    If McCain had run as he did in 2000, he might be ahead right now.

  18. nannymm

    McCain has made alot of mistakes, dnd. By the time this election is over he will have destroyed his reputation. Personally, I have no sympathy for him whatsoever.

  19. chefsheila

    Just goes to show you. Sell your soul to the devil for power and you don’t even recognise yourself.

    I’m watching the McCain speech too… now I know you guys can see that stiff smile at the wrong times? That seems to me to be a kind of “Tick” when he is uncomfortable or lying.

    I’m uncomfortable for him….McCain has decided to go down in flames. I’d say expect a call for retirement next year.

  20. Essentially McCain made the same problem Hillary did, never came up with a viable formula and stuck to it.

  21. chefsheila

    Brian, I really enjoyed that video with all the comedians on it. I put it on facebook!

  22. nannymm

    I can’t even listen to McCain and Palin stump speeches anymore. As soon as they start speaking, I hit the mute button.
    If Palin gives a rwal interview or news conference, then I’ll listen.

  23. hi everyone !

    McCain is too old to change his core personality, his is being himself and reaping the rewards for being a “maverick” – common folks spell that “@ – s – s.”

    I hoped that I would have the opportunity to see Barack here in Cleveland before the election, but I don’t think that is going to happen. I went to see him during the primary, when I was wearing my “Hillary Blinders.” I am glad I went, but now it would mean so much more too me, and it would be so so exciting!

    I liked that video, too… made me smile!

  24. chefsheila

    I can’t listen to Lee Greenwood! lol President Bush used God Bless the USA for his theme song during his election.

    I was on the Inaugural Committee and had to cut a music video for him with the footage from the Inaugural. At the time, you used video tape, which meant rolling back over and over again to find the next cue to cut the song……I was sick of that song by then, but after that, every dignitary and every staff member had to come see it. So for one 8 hour period, I listen to that song add nauseum.

    …..THEN….that same year, started the congressional election stump speeches and what should I hear? More of “I’m Proud To Be An American”……for almost 6 months.

    The climax of this little memory is of being at a fundraiser in Texas at the Huston Astrodome.

    I was standing by with the President’s Personal Assistant and told him I was so sick of that song, that if it was used .I was going to scream.

    lol and as Lee Greenwood walked out on the stage and began, Tim grabbed me and cuffed my mouth as the scream began to escape my lips. lol

    SO! I am so proud of being an American, but I can’t stand that song!

  25. nannymm

    good morning UB

  26. chefsheila

    Morning UB!

  27. chefsheila

    Bottom Line on “I’m Proud To Be An American”.

    Its a great song and some people had actually thought it would be a great new National Anthem…

    But it became an Exclusive republican song because of the politics of the singer.

    I think that stinks that even then, politics had to divide and exclude an entire nation from enjoying that song.

    OK! Off the stump and time for a shower.

  28. chefsheila

    Only Difference Is They Got Caught

    New York Post forced to retract phony story about Michelle Obama dining on lobster and caviar in her room at the Waldorf-Astoria.

    Her not even staying at the Waldorf was the first of several problems.

    –Josh Marshall

  29. dnd

    Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

    Pride is one the seven deadly sins.

    I’m happy I’m an American. I’m extremely grateful I’m an American. I love my country. But I’m not proud.

  30. chefsheila

    I’d like to just interject; $150,000 could have been used for a down river Republican Race…..somehow, that seems to much more important to the Party, than Palin’s couture. She could have gone “Off The Rack” at Macy’s like Michelle Obama.

    Election Central Morning Roundup

    All that designer-label apparel the RNC purchased for Sarah Palin (to the tune of $150,000)?

    No worries. They’ll donate it to charity after the election. .

    –David Kurtz

  31. chefsheila

    …..Well….for sure I’m not very proud after a prolonged Social Fatwa flung on us by the Republican Party.

  32. dnd

    Had I donated money to the RNC I’d be really upset learning it went to Palin’s wardrobe. It wouldn’t make any difference if they donate it to charity.

  33. Lot of good data in this Morning Call PA poll

    You know in just about every poll I’ve seen the favorable/unfavorable ranking is pretty much the same regardless of the state. McCain hovers around 40 and Obama has crossed the 50% threshold. This election is just about as firm as an election can get before the casting of the actual vote.

    Jonathan Alter
    The Bin Laden Factor

  35. dog's eye view

    Palin family values.

    Education is not a high priority. Had never thought about it this way … Andrew Sullivan post, picking up on a question from conservative writer Ramesh Ponnaru item in the National Review Online (NOTES are my own):

    re: “How anti-intellectual is Palin? … Here’s one way to look at the question: how has Palin brought up her own kids? Her eldest son is a high-school drop-out [NOTE: he’s now in the Marines, either in or training to go to Iraq]. Her eldest daughter has had, so far as one can tell from press reports, very uneven attendance in high school, and no plans for college. Her other daughters seem to spend a lot of time traveling the country with their mom at tax-payers’ expense. I’ve seen them at several rallies with the Palins this fall. Are they not in school? [NOTE: I would bet they are being home-schooled by … someone.]

    The least one can say is that none of her children seems to have been brought up thinking that college is something to aspire to. And her new son-in-law [TO BE] just dropped out of high school as well.

    Sarah Palin’s own record of several colleges over several years – ending with a degree in sports journalism – tells you a lot. So does her interest in policing the Wasilla library as mayor and using the town’s money for a sports stadium. She cut funding for the town museum and opposed building a new library. So does her amazing ignorance about the constitution. …”


    OK, am not into scoffing at Palin’s sports journalism degree — she had to fulfill SOME requirements to obtain it.

    But it is SO ODD to see such a prominent family that puts so little stock in formal education. My cousins who did not have the opportunity to attend college raised a bunch of bright, motivated kids of their own who did attend college. Catching up with them at a recent family reunion: the younger members of the family are very glad to have had the chance to go to college and are sad they have had to move away from their small midwest city to larger midwest cities for professional opportunities.

    Is this someone you want making assumptions about what is “good enough” for your family?

    PS: Here’s Noam Scheiber article in The New Republic: “Barracuda” on Palin’s anti-intellectualism (allegedly; I’ve not read it yet — you be the judge):

  36. nannymm

    I read Scheiber’s article and it backs up the claim that she is anti-intellectual, dog’s eye. Definitely not someone I want anywhere near the White House.

  37. horsedooty

    I spent about 20 minutes this AM in the early voting booths. Count another for the Dems. I did not vote the straight ticket but I did not vote for a Republican at all.

    Obama/Biden ’08

  38. nannymm

    I’m jealous, Doots. I can’t wait to cast that vote. But Brian and I have to wait till November 4th. I wish NY would do early voting.

  39. I don’t mind waiting nanny, while I appreciate the concept of voting early, going to the polls on election days is something I always look forward to.

  40. Anyone else listen to Orin Hatch on MSNBC right now. This is really sad!

  41. horsedooty

    It looked on the outside like a giant crowd what with all the cars. Walked in and handed my drivers license to the lady and she looked up my registration and printed out a tag for my signature. Only down side was no paper ballots during early voting. I almost walked out but my wife was starting to stare me down. I voted. Took about 10 min. 20 min total.

  42. nannymm

    I used to, Brian, when I still lived in the city. But, we had snow up here this morning and cold and flu season is starting for the school kids. This year, I’d just like to see all of us here in “The North Country” get it done early. I’d go to the polls if I was half dead and there was a blizzard outside, but it would be nice to know my vote was cast, as well as those of others here.
    Alot of people here walk to the polls and won’t come out if it’s bitter cold or there is heavy snow.

  43. nannymm

    I saw him, Brian. He’s pathetic.

  44. horsedooty

    oh there were about 4 people ahead of me and there were those little stands open. They said in the paper Tuesday (Monday was the first day) that in my county (Tarrant) there was a record turnout on Monday. 28,000+ previous record was about 17500+ Pretty spectacular numbers really. There are about 30 locations you can vote in the county.

  45. Have you signed up to help out getting people to the polls?

  46. You could see his mind (Hatch’s) working hard to find the talking points.

  47. nannymm

    I have a list of 32 ladies and gents I will be ferrying to the polls, Brian.

  48. nannymm

    They’re running out of talking points.

  49. nannymm

    I’m fortunate that I have the time and the means, Brian. It’s the least I can do.

  50. You gotta love how Obama dismissed the “socialist” charge this morning.

  51. nannymm

    I missed it. What did he say?

  52. nannymm

    I liked this article.

    Will White People Riot?
    By Wendi C. Thomas |

    Ridiculous question? Then stop asking it about black people.

  53. He said it just shows that McCain is running out ideas and he had a look on his face there more or less said “why are you bothering me with this silly shit”. LOL

  54. nannymm

    I’ve seen that look before. It’s great!

  55. yeah my father was a good for flashing me that look! Somehow the conversation always ended up with him saying “just how much do you need?”.


  56. One of my fondest memories was on the morning of my 17th birthday calling my father and saying “How much are you sending me to buy a car?” he sent me 350 bucks and i had 350 saved up, with the 700 bucks I bought a 1966 Rambler American, I drove that car for 7 years till it got towed for more parking tickets than it was worth.

  57. chefsheila

    ……Apparently this letter was signed by McCain himself, so its legit and not just a mistake…..BLAH!

    BTW,,,,,its illegal.

    McCain camp hits up Russian envoy

    Russia’s permanent mission to the UN has received a letter from U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain asking for financial support of his election campaign, the mission said in a statement on Monday.

    “We have received a letter from Senator John McCain with a request for a financial donation to his presidential election campaign. In this respect we have to reiterate that neither Russia’s permanent mission to the UN nor the Russian government or its officials finance political activities in foreign countries,” the statement said.

    According to Ruslan Bakhtin, press secretary of the Russian mission, the letter dated September 29 and signed by McCain, was addressed to Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s envoy to the UN, and arrived on October 16.

    The ambassador’s title was not included in the letter, and was not clear why the letter had taken over two weeks to arrive.

    Enclosed was a request for a donation of up to $5,000 to McCain’s election campaign to be returned with a check or permission to withdraw the money from the donor’s credit card until October 24.

  58. chefsheila


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    Obama On SNL? Rumors Swirl That Barack Will Be Back — For The Last Show Before The Election

  59. chefsheila

    Where in the World is Chuck Todd……getting ready to assume the Mantle of Meet The Press maybe? 🙂

  60. I heard he was interviewing with Fox today!

  61. dnd

    Chuck Todd is probably busy looking at his portfolio. Dow is down 500 today.

  62. chefsheila

    Nice quality Painting Brian. lol

  63. nannymm

    Are you serious? He’s interviewing with FOX??

  64. dog's eye view

    Warren Buffett puts Chris Matthews on the spot at womens’ conference. Would love to see the video of this, once its online…

    From the LA Times:

    The annual Women’s Conference in Long Beach got off to a humorous start today with what was billed as a “once in a lifetime conversation” between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and investor extraordinaire Warren Buffett, moderated by television political talk show host Chris Matthews.

    But what could have been austere talk about falling stock prices and glass ceilings drew laughter and gasps from many of the 10,000 women in the audience when Buffett, playing to the crowd, hit Matthews with a particularly challenging question: “If you could have changed your sex into that of a woman, would you have?” …..,0,3631972.story

  65. dnd

    Breaking news: Obama in Denver Sunday:

    “Sen. Barack Obama is expected to hold a rally Sunday in Civic Center Park, where two of the last three Democratic presidential candidates to win Colorado held rousing political gatherings.”

  66. chefsheila

    Nanny, no….Brian was being fasicious with me, because I was in fact teasing him about Todd becoming anchor for MTP.

  67. chefsheila

    dnd, that s a worth watching moment!

  68. chefsheila

    Sheila {{Sticks Tongue Out}} @ Brian

  69. dnd

    Civic Center park is smack in the middle of downtown. Bordered by the state capitol, the City and County Building, the Denver Mint, the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Public Library.

    The forecast is 55 and sunny, which should be pretty pleasant. I predict the mayor and governor will be there along with Sen. Ken Salazar, Rep. Diana DeGette (CO’s first congressional district, based in Denver), Senate hopeful Mark Udall and who knows who else.

    Because it’s on Sunday, and this is a Bronco’s buy week, the crowd could be HUGE!

  70. dog's eye view

    profile of Sarah Palin’s wardrobe procurer/GOP consultant.

    “You won’t find [Larson] flaunting his success in front of cameras or crowds. He’s a man who has little interest in being a public persona. He’s “one of the least known national Republican players you’ll find,” says Vin Weber. “He has the classic Scandinavian penchant for anonymity.”

    and an eye for fashion, if not a nose for bargain-shopping

  71. CNN has Obama ahead in the following:

    Ohio + 4

    NC + 4

    VA +10

    WV not so good, McCain ahead by 9

  72. dnd

    What bugs me about the RNC spending $150k on Palin’s wardrobe is not that they spent the money, or the political misstep of someone who advertises herself as a “hockey mom” being that extravagant, it’s the decision to “dress her up” and make her “hot.” This is insulting.

  73. chefsheila

    To me it was the waste of money at the expense of other candidates, when there is not enough money this year….

    Not to mention, $13,200.00 for makeup and hair…….WOW…..

  74. I’ll bet you that elitist Barack Obama never spent 150 grand for an 8 week wardrobe.

  75. LOL, Tweety just said “I like the red leather jacket, but what’s underneath is a problem”.

  76. chefsheila

    {Sheila’s Hands On Hips} She’s the one who chose to accentuate the obvious and pointedly too *ducks*

  77. dnd

    Obama looks like he buys his suits at Penny’s. He probably shops with Bill Richardson 😉

    They’re gonna make up the $150k spent on Caribou Barbie by not funding Michelle Bachman anymore.

  78. dnd

    11 points is huge. The thing I like about the Obama campaign is that they are not getting cocky. They are not taking anything for granted. And they are not “measuring the drapes in the White House.” That is so pathetic of McCain to say such things.

  79. All we have to do is make sure Joe keeps his foot out of his mouth! Sheila don’t hit me!

  80. chefsheila

    Obama is in Charge…..I am positive Joe Biden knows that and was reminded of it in the last couple of days.

  81. dnd

    I just heard on the local news that fire marshals had to turn people away from the Biden rally in Colorado Springs because the building was packed. This in the very red Colorado Springs.

    Oh, and Hillary will be here Friday campaigning for Obama/Biden.

    I’m starting to think they want to win in Colorado 😉

  82. It’s cool Sheila, Joe brings just enough low level drama. Joe never gets the big things wrong.

  83. chefsheila

    dnd! Totally jazzed about the colorado “State of the State on Sunday.

  84. Feels good don’t it dnd, even in the worst of elections I’ve been able to take a small measure of comfort that my state votes for the right candidate.

  85. chefsheila

    Brian, your right. He does get hoof and mouth desease But when the going gets tough, he gets brilliant. 🙂

  86. dnd

    Damn right Brian. My state doesn’t always vote for the right candidate, but it looks like we may this year. Now if we can just get Udall in the Senate and Markey in the House. If Udall lost to Schaffer it wouldn’t be the worst thing, but we’ve got to boot Musgrave out of the House.

    FYI, we have a Democrat for Governor and the state legislature has a majority of Democrats. This state is dominated by independents and we are mad as hell about the previous Republican messes here.

  87. dnd

    Biden has now assumed the role of a “straight talker.” I trust him.

  88. Brian Williams’ interview with McCain ~ Palin, this is sad folks!

  89. chefsheila

    Libertarian Barr says McCain can’t win presidency

    The former Republican congressman from Georgia wrote that conservatives who want their vote to count should throw their support behind his longshot candidacy.

    “A vote for John McCain is a wasted vote,” Barr said, but a vote for him would be viewed as a protest of big spending policies of McCain and President Bush, particularly their support for the $700 billion bailout of the financial industry.

    “Now, principled conservatives can vote their conscience instead of voting for a faux-conservative just because he carries the Republican label,” Barr wrote.

  90. chefsheila

    Oh Man,,,,, Chris’ big number is……frightening.

    1928 the last time there wasn’t a Bush or Nixon on a ticket….80 years.

  91. chefsheila

    Biden is also the Only one on both tickets that can actually claim ‘”Joe Sixpack”.

  92. dnd

    OMG. On the McCain/Palin Brian Williams interview, he just called Obama “Senator O’Biden.”

  93. chefsheila

    Who did? McCain?

  94. Could her skirt be any shorter?

  95. chefsheila

    So please tell me, because by the time NBC News is on, I’m cooking for the evening.

  96. chefsheila

    Never mind. My wireless reception isn’t good enough. I will stop bugging you guys.

    Didn’t mean to bug you.

  97. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, sucks to be you. she’s just an idiot, she can’t tie ideas together so she rambles from talking to talking point. And her skirt is pretty short considering the office she is seeking.

  98. dnd

    Thanks for the link Brian. I Tivo’d it because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

    One doesn’t think of Nieman Marcus as catering to the short skirt set. Maybe they took up the hem for her 😉

  99. dnd

    Yeah it was McCain who referred to Obama as “O’Biden.” I don’t think this is the first time he’s done this.

    Do you want this man with the keys to the nukes?

  100. that clip from Western PA is just too funny, grampa needs a nap!

  101. dnd

    Watching the World Series, I think if I were king, I’d outlaw playing baseball indoors. It’s just not natural.

  102. dog's eye view

    non-snark column by Maureen Dowd on Colin Powell’s decision to endorse Obama; more on the young Muslim-American soldier, 20-year old Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, killed in Iraq.

    “I stared at it for an hour,” [Powell] told me. “Who could debate that this kid lying in Arlington with Christian and Jewish and nondenominational buddies was not a fine American?”

  103. chefsheila


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